The Democratic Unionist Party have said they “will not accept any form of regulatory divergence” between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, as it has been reported that Theresa May is willing to allow for continued regulatory alignment for businesses in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit.
Nicola Sturgeon and Sadiq Khan have both responded by calling for Scotland and London to be given special status within the Single Market and Customs Union after Brexit.
Commenting, James McGrory, Executive Director of Open Britain, said:
“One of the few things that generates agreement on Brexit is that it must not be allowed in any way to compromise the integrity of our United Kingdom. It appears today, however, to be doing just that. The DUP say they will not accept regulatory divergence from the rest of the UK, while Nicola Sturgeon and Sadiq Khan are asking for special deals for Scotland and London, and no-one is any the wiser as to where the Government stands.
“There is a solution that would solve all of these problems for the Government, which is to keep the whole of the UK in the Single Market and the Customs Union. That would avoid a hard border in Ireland, ensure a level playing field for businesses across our islands, and protect trade with the EU, which buys almost half of everything we export.
“Anything else will damage our economy, put trade at risk, and widen divisions between the different nations of our country.”