DUP leader Foster will not support Brexit deal that divides internal UK market

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster and DUP member Diane Dodds hold a news conference after a meeting with EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels

(Reuters) - The leader of the Northern Irish party which backs British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government said late on Thursday the Democratic Unionist Party will not support a Brexit deal that "divides the internal market of the UK".

"UK must leave as one nation. We are keen to see a sensible deal but not one that divides the internal market of the UK. We will not support any arrangements that create a barrier to East West trade. Anonymous sources lead to nonsense stories", Foster said in a tweet http://bit.ly/2UPxT8K.

She was responding to a report in the Times newspaper, which said the DUP has agreed to accept Northern Ireland abiding by some European Union rules after Brexit as part of a deal to replace the Irish backstop, potentially opening the door to a withdrawal agreement.




(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Chris Reese)