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DUP rejects Sinn Fein claim it accepts Brexit will be 'economic disaster' as fantasy

The DUP has rubbished a claim that it privately accepts Brexit will be an economic disaster for Ireland.

In welcoming remarks from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on his refusal to come up with a solution to the border issue, Sinn Fein MLA Connor Murphy claimed the DUP had private concerns about the impact the UK's departure from the EU would have on the economy.

The DUP, however, rubbished the claim describing it as "classic scaremongering" from Sinn Fein.

A DUP spokeswoman said: "Mr Murphy and Sinn Fein have now entered fantasy land by inventing DUP positions.

"Mr Murphy should be focused on giving Northern Ireland a voice in Brexit negotiations given the current impasse at Stormont with Sinn Fein's long list of demands.

"By getting a functioning Executive up and running, Northern Ireland can make the case for a good deal as the UK exits the European Union.

"Sinn Fein are using classic scaremongering tactics with little basis of fact or substance.

"The DUP are the best placed with their seats in Westminster to speak out on the needs of Northern Ireland.

"The reality is the UK is leaving the EU. A common sense approach is needed rather than the petty politicking seen here by Conor Murphy who still fails to accept the EU referendum vote."

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