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NI must have same status as UK after Brexit - Foster

By David Blevins, senior Ireland correspondent
Arlene Foster says any deal that treats Northern Ireland differently to the rest of the UK is her party's "only red line" in Brexit negotiations.
In an interview for Sky News, the DUP leader did not rule out a new customs union between the European Union and the entire United Kingdom.When asked if a new customs arrangement was the only way Theresa May could secure a deal without losing DUP support, she replied: "We have said to the Prime Minister that for us, our only red line is that we are not treated any differently from the rest of the United Kingdom, that there are no trade barriers put up between Northern Ireland and our biggest market which of course is Great Britain.
NI must have same status as UK after Brexit - Foster

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Arlene Foster did not rule out a new customs union between the EU and UK
"So that's what we will judge of all propositions that are brought forward on."We will judge it against that red line and she's very much aware of that and I have confidence that she knows that she cannot bring forward anything that will breach that red line or we simply will not be able to support it."
Mrs Foster dismissed recent reports that Northern Ireland could be granted joint UK/EU status as speculative.
NI must have same status as UK after Brexit - Foster

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"That's not something I recognise at all. It's not something that has been put to us as a party or me as the leader of the party so it is pure speculation," she said.
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When asked why she insisted on Northern Ireland being treated the same as the rest of the UK on Brexit but not on same-sex marriage and abortion, she replied: "There's a simple answer to that of course because marriage and abortion are matters for the Northern Ireland Assembly. They are devolved issues."International relations, trade agreements are matters for the United Kingdom government and that's why it's important that those issues are differentiated upon."
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