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DUP must not be allowed to scupper a deal.
The SNP has said the DUP must not be allowed to scupper a deal on securing membership of the Single Market.
SNP Foreign Affairs spokesperson Stephen Gethins MP said:
“Any progress must not be dictated by any party.
“Reports that the DUP sunk today’s deal are incredibly worrying - it's a further example of the Tory-DUP coalition of chaos.
“The DUP can’t be permitted to run the show.
“We recognise that issues concerning Scotland are separate from those in Ireland – however, if the UK government can make concessions for one part of the UK to effectively stay in the Single Market, there’s no reason why the case can’t be the same for another.
“The simplest solution to the Irish question would be for the whole of the UK to remain in the single market – which, regardless of the border issue, would be the best deal for jobs and household incomes outside of the EU.
“Despite there being no deal on the Irish border today, it’s promising that there now appears to be an outline of an agreement which would ensure there is no return to a hard border in Ireland.
“Any progress made to resolve the border issue satisfactorily is to be warmly welcomed, and we look forward to seeing the full details.”
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