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DUP would reject new Brexit proposal says Dodds

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has reiterated that his party will reject any Brexit deal which differentiates Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom.

His statement comes after The Financial Times reported on Thursday that officials in Dublin are privately arguing in favour of Prime Minister Theresa May's proposal for an entire customs union between the EU and UK for a time-limited period.

The plan is also expected to include light regulatory checks between Britain and Northern Ireland.

As well as protecting Irish trade with the UK, it would also prevent a hard border on the island.

It is one of Theresa May's proposals, should no solution be found to the Irish backstop impasse.

However Mr Dodds said his party would reject any plan that separated Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.

"If the whole of the UK is in both, then that's fine," he told the BBC.

"If the whole of the UK is out of both, then we must be out of both."

He said if regulatory checks are able to be imposed on between the rest of the UK and Northern Ireland then they should be able to be imposed on the Irish border.

"You only need checks if there's a different set of rules and we have been clear that we must leave the EU as one country, because to do otherwise, to put barriers up, would do real damage to the economic future of Northern Ireland," the North Antrim MP said.

The DUP deputy leader said that he hoped Theresa May's government had learned lessons from December's debacle when Brexit agreements had to be renegotiated following DUP objections sand said his party "will not be bounces" in the current negotiations.

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