Ulster Unionist Party Leader, Robin Swann MLA, said:
“It`s an absolute disgrace that Northern Ireland has been led to the place it`s in today. This deal is worse than the one Theresa May brought forward at Chequers. It`s awful. Some of the people who were berating it, are now cheerleaders for a deal which would place Northern Ireland on the window ledge of the Union.
“It would put a customs and regulatory border down the Irish Sea and annexes Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom. We warned the DUP that their acceptance of a border in the Irish Sea would open the floodgates and so it has come to pass. Their proposals were and are a serious threat to the Union. By accepting the principle of a border in the Irish Sea, they opened unionism up to exploitation by Dublin and Brussels.
“And the DUP veto has been turned on its head. This deal confirms that every day will be a Brexit day in Northern Ireland.
“Unionists throughout the United Kingdom need to think long and hard about the future of the Union when they cast their vote in Parliament on this deal. What`s more important? The pursuit of a puritanical Brexit or the security and integrity of the Union. This could be a disastrous chapter in the history of Unionism.”