DUP leader delivers Brexit message at Killarney conference

Arlene Foster, leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist party puts forward a nuanced vision of the future of these Isles at a recent Killarney conference. Could the “nordic” model, where close co-operation exists between countries, some of which are inside, and some of which are outside the EU work in the case of the UK and Republic of Ireland? Is there a greater future for the British-Irish Council? Do our common institutions, the North-South institutions, but also crucially the East-West dimension, such as the Common Travel Area and other harmonising strategies be the way forward for these islands, our common home in the north Atlantic?

“Whilst the referendum was a vote by the British people, the ripples that flow from the referendum result will be far reaching with long-term implications for people well beyond the shores of the United Kingdom. And I appreciate and understand that nowhere will be more impacted by the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union than Ireland.”

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Image: Killarney National Park website

2 thoughts on “DUP leader delivers Brexit message at Killarney conference”

  1. The UK has committed to leaving the single market and common market. Norway is quite different as it is in the single market and must obey UK rulings which the Conservatives have rejected. Is Arlene Foster advocating the UK does not leave the single market? If so she should tell her Conservative party and await their reaction

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  2. One must be positive about what is meant here. A bespoke agreement is surely possible – it is not beyond the creativity of everyone involved to come up with something new. But yes, the UK may decide to remain essentially within the single market, perhaps along the lines of the European Economic Area, and surely the Republic of Ireland may find it in its own interests to increase co-operation with the UK even if it means shifting its relationship with the EU to some extent; all things are possible. The speech seems to acknowledge the reality that the UK and Ireland must continue to remain aligned to each other no matter what, and find a way to avoid “regulatory divergence” if we are to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, something which no one here wants.

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