Dodds: PM must stop Brexit roadshow and listen to concerns

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has called on the Government to “listen to MPs” over the dangers the Brexit backstop plan poses to the UK.

The North Belfast MP was speaking as Cabinet minister David Lidington visited the Province today, as the Prime Minister continued to try and sell her much-maligned withdrawal deal ahead of the crucial vote on Tuesday.

Nigel Dodds

Nigel Dodds

And while he welcomed the Tory MP to the region, Mr Dodds said the visit “seems to be more about telling us what we should do rather than listening”.

The DUP Westminster leader added: “Rather than a roadshow selling the fundamentally flawed withdrawal agreement, I would prefer the Government would listen to MPs on all sides of the House Commons and finally acknowledge the backstop is dangerous for Northern Ireland and the entire UK.

“The agreement is an international, legally-binding treaty which would place a customs and regulatory border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain contrary to the direct pledges of the Prime Minister.

“It leaves the entire United Kingdom trapped in the backstop arrangements until the EU decides to release us.”

Deputy Leader of the DUP Nigel Dodds

Deputy Leader of the DUP Nigel Dodds

Mr Dodds said the UK was not faced with “a binary choice” between this agreement and no deal, adding: “It is time for the Government to recognise the genuine opposition to this Withdrawal Agreement and seek fundamental change by getting rid of the backstop.”