The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.

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Brexit and the Union

With the First Minister of Northern Ireland, Rt Hon. Arlene Foster, MLA

22nd May 2017

Arlene Foster

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First Minister of Northern Ireland (2015 - 2017)

Arlene Foster Speaking to the Bruges Group

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Rt Hon. Arlene Foster, MLA
Is the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, which is now supporting the Conservative minority Government and First Minister of Northern Ireland (2015 - 2017). She spoke of the EU Referendum result;

“The democratic decision of the people of the United Kingdom marks a new and fresh beginning for our country and I believe offers us the opportunity to build a new, hopeful, and more democratic nation.”

Arlene Foster, speaking to the Bruges Group said,

"As someone who argued for the UK to leave the EU, I am prepared to be flexible about the precise terms and timings. I am more interested in getting the best deal for Northern Ireland and the UK as a whole than I am in some doctrine or dogma. By far the best way to achieve this is to get a Stormont Executive up and running as quickly as possible.

"It is a simple and indisputable fact that by far the most important Union for the people of Northern Ireland economically is the Union with Great Britain but that need not come at the cost of artificially or intentionally harming the economic and cultural ties that cross the border. For once, there need not be a winner and a loser. The Republic of Ireland needs a good outcome to these negotiations every bit as much as we do and I believe there is a shared objective between the UK and the Republic to get the right deal."


Flickr Gallery 22nd May 2017

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The Shelburne Room of:
The Lansdowne Club
9 Fitzmaurice Place
London W1J 5JD

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