Brexit Not About 'Pulling Up Drawbridge' Between Republic And North - Foster

Brexit Not About 'Pulling Up Drawbridge' Between Republic And North - Foster

The DUP leader Arlene Foster has said she does not want Brexit to "pull up the drawbridge" between the North and the Republic.

Speaking on Saturday at a Brexit-focused Killarney Economic Conference in Co Kerry, Arlene Foster urged close Anglo-Irish relations, and suggested leaders across the island of Ireland should work together for their mutual benefit during Brexit.

"The Democratic Unionist Party supported the United Kingdom leaving the European Union but in so doing Brexit is not about pulling up the drawbridge, building a wall and cutting ourselves off from our nearest neighbours", she added.

It comes as the DUP launches a charm offensive in the south aimed at healing.

"We will continue to have our own identities and, for our part, will no longer be members of the European Union, but our futures will still be closely connected", she said.

Mrs Foster said maintaining "barrier-free access to the Great Britain market" while having a "frictionless border" with the Republic would require "novel solutions".

She added: "We must accept the reality of the referendum result, refrain from the continued refighting of the referendum, and seek the sensible, mutually beneficial outcomes from the complex negotiation process ahead that will serve us all well".

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill has stated that a United Ireland is within grasping distance.