August 6, 2019 / 2:14 PM / a month ago

DUP calls on the EU and Ireland to engage in talks

Deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Nigel Dodds is seen outside the Houses of Parliament, as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London, Britain April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The deputy leader of the Northern Irish party that props up the British government on Tuesday called on Dublin and Brussels to engage with Britain on finding an alternative to the “backstop”.

“It is positive that there is acceptance amongst the EU27 as well as clear statements from our own Government that there will be no hard border, even in a no deal scenario. All of which means the fuss about a backstop is unnecessary,” Nigel Dodds said. 

“With the clock counting down toward 31 October, it is time for Dublin and Brussels to engage constructively and work for a deal which respects the constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom.”

Reporting by Graham Fahy, Editing by Angus MacSwan

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