The UK-EU Brexit negotiations on the 4th December 2017 have ended without any clear progress reportedly in part because the Democratic Unionist party (the DUP, who are supporting the Conservative minority government) have objected to language in a draft deal which implies a special quasi-EU status for Northern Ireland.
The DUP campaigned for a leave vote during the Brexit referendum. However, during the 2017 General Election campaign the DUP manifesto made a number of statements on their position including the following points
- Ease of trade with the Irish Republic and throughout the European Union
- Maintenance of the Common Travel Area
- Strengthened relationships across the four components parts of the United Kingdom with no internal borders
- Northern Ireland-specific solutions achieved through active Executive engagement
- Particular circumstances of Northern Ireland with a land border with the EU fully reflected:
- Frictionless border with Irish Republic assisting those working or travelling in the other jurisdiction
- Comprehensive free trade and customs agreement with the European Union
- Northern Ireland established as a hub for trade from Irish Republic into the broader UK market
It's not clear to me from this whether they support the current soft border and customs union with EU, and thus want the whole of the UK to remain within the common market, want a hard customs border with freedom of movement for Irish and UK citizens, or want something a lot more a la carte. Is there a more recent statement of the party's precise position, preferably including concrete proposals?