East Derry MP Gregory Campbell has warned British Prime Minister Theresa May that Brexit must deliver for the United Kingdom’s peripheries as well as the home counties if she really wants to safeguard the union.
Speaking after Mrs. May officially notified the European Union of the UK’s intention to leave, Mr. Campbell said: “Building a successful UK, which is what Theresa May has repeatedly said she wants, is much more likely if all parts of the nation are benefitting with thriving economies delivering improved job prospects and better infrastructure.
“The Prime Minister and this Government can do more to cement the UK together than almost any other single decision taken previously, by ensuring that as we forge more and better trade deals with the growing economies beyond the EU, that all the regions beyond the more prosperous South East of England benefit also.”
The DUP MP also claimed one of the main planks of the ‘remain’ campaign - that membership of the European Union was a better guarantor of stability and certainty than non-membership - is wearing increasingly thin.
“No one knows what the European Union will look like when we finally go through the exit door.
“Many of those who voted to remain did so in the belief they were voting for certainty rather than the uncertainty of leaving.
“It becomes more apparent with every election that takes place across the EU that even there uncertainty rules and so we await to see what happens across Europe.
“The most important thing for us as UK citizens is what happens over the course of the next two years and what our respective economies begin to look like thereafter,” he said.