April 3, 2019 / 9:06 PM / 7 months ago

DUP lawmaker hints at supporting a customs union post-Brexit: BBC correspondent

LONDON (Reuters) - A lawmaker from the Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government appeared to hold out the prospect of the party supporting Britain’s membership of a post-Brexit customs union, a BBC correspondent said.

“We would have preferred a form of Brexit that enables the UK to negotiate new trade agreements with other countries,” Jeffrey Donaldson, a Democratic Unionist Party lawmaker, was quoted as saying by BBC Northern Ireland Political Correspondent Enda McClafferty.

“That is part of the reason for Brexit and maybe a customs union might be a temporary staging post toward that objective,” Donaldson was quoted as saying.

Reporting by Costas Pitas and Guy Faulconbridge

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