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Dodds will run for DUP at European elections to 'tell them again' to deliver referendum result

DUP MEP Diane Dodds
DUP MEP Diane Dodds
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

Brexiteer Diane Dodds will be officially nominated today as the DUP candidate for the European elections.

With the Brexit deadline extended to October 31, the UK is now obliged to contest the EU elections on May 23.

Mrs Dodds said: "This election will be an opportunity for those who want the 2016 referendum result to be respected to 'tell them again'. Almost three years after the United Kingdom voted by a majority of more than one million to leave the EU, there is still a rear-guard action going on to thwart the democratic will of the people."

She added: "I want to see us leave the EU with a sensible deal which works for every part of the United Kingdom, but we cannot support a deal which would be bad for the union and bad for our economy.

"Great Britain is our main market and it would crazy to build a new border between us and our main market, thus increasing costs of doing business.

"A vote for the DUP in these elections will strengthen our hand in London and Brussels where we have been standing strong for Northern Ireland."

Yesterday, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he considered it "an absolute priority" to leave the EU by May 23 to avoid the poll, and said the public would find it "hugely disappointing" to be asked to send MEPs to Brussels.

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