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Gove denies Brennan's claims on 'failing Northern Ireland'

Speaking on BBC’s Question Time on Thursday night, Arlene Foster, confirmed that on a “rational and logical level” people in Northern Ireland would choose to remain in the UK. Earlier this month, DUP’s leader Ms Foster said there “is a gateway of opportunity for the whole of the UK and for Northern Ireland” after the UK-EU trade deal.

She told The Andrew Marr Show it was “important” in Northern Ireland’s centenary year to take the opportunities “for all of our people”.

The First Minister for Northern Ireland added that the Brexit deal tackled “some of the great difficulties that there are with the (Northern Ireland) Protocol”.

The Protocol prevents a hardening of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

This is done by keeping Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods.

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Arlene FosterArlene Foster said on a “rational and logical level” people in NI would choose to remain in the UK (Image: BBC )

Fiona BruceFiona Bruce asked: “Do you regret now not going for the Theresa May deal?” (Image: BBC)

It also means Northern Ireland applies EU custom rules at its ports.

Ms Foster rejected suggestions that the DUP should have agreed to former Prime Minister Theresa May’s backstop proposal.

QT host Fiona Bruce asked Ms Foster: “Do you regret now not going for the Theresa May deal and instead you’ve ended up with a protocol that you don’t even like?”

The First Minister responded: “Well the Theresa May deal of course, and the backstop envisaged in that, in the words of the Attorney General would have been with us forever.

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Arlene FosterArlene Foster said it was “important” in NI’s centenary year to take the opportunities (Image: PA )

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