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Dublin using North for its own ends on Brexit, claims Foster

Government's approach `careless' as only EU will reimpose border, says DUP leader

Speaking after a meeting with Theresa May in 10 Downing Street, the DUP leader said the Government's approach in advance of next month's EU summit was careless.

"I have to say I was rather concerned to see the way they were trying to use Northern Ireland to get maximum leverage in relation to the negotiations at present. I think that's careless and I don't agree with that," she said.

"Obviously, we have worked very hard to have a peaceful Northern Ireland and it would be very wrong to suggest that leaving the European Union would in some way threaten that peace. Because of course it's the people of Northern Ireland who have brought about the peace. Others have supported us and we fully recognise that," she told The Irish Times.

Ms Foster said the prime minister had restated her opposition to introducing any new border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. The DUP leader said the Government should work with London and Belfast to find practical solutions that can keep the Border frictionless.

"If people are going to put up borders it will be the European Union that puts up a border. It will certainly not be the United Kingdom or Northern Ireland.

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