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DUP seeking mandate to get best from Brexit for NI and 'honourable' Assembly deal, says Foster at General Election campaign launch

Launching her party's campaign for the General Election, DUP leader Arlene Foster has said she is seeking a mandate to get the best deal for Northern Ireland from Brexit and an "honourable" agreement in re-establishing the Executive.

The former first minister launched her party's campaign at a golf club in east Belfast. She said as it was in the East Belfast constituency where Gavin Robinson re-took the long-held DUP seat from Alliance, she hoped it was a "good omen for the future".

She announced her party's line-up for the June 8 including the confirmation Emma Little Pengelly will contest South Belfast as the Belfast Telegraph revealed on Monday.

Mrs Foster told party supporters and assembled media: "At this election, we will seek a mandate for the union that really matters – the union with Great Britain.  To make sure Northern Ireland gets the best Brexit deal.  And to reach an honourable and not a one sided deal to get the Assembly up and running again to deal with the real problems that are faced by people in their everyday lives."

Arlene Foster launches DUP 2017 General Election campaign [Full speech]

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