July 25, 2019 / 7:54 AM / 5 months ago

DUP's Donaldson says party wants Britain to leave with a deal

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Northern Irish party propping up Britain’s minority government does not want Britain to leave the European Union without a deal, one of its senior lawmakers said on Thursday.

“We’re very clear that we want to leave the European Union with a deal, that is our priority. We don’t want to get into a no-deal scenario,” Jeffrey Donaldson told RTE Radio.

The lawmaker said that while the DUP wanted to leave with a deal, it would not join parliamentary efforts to prevent Brexit from happening and would not take no-deal “off the table”.

“We know that is the strongest lever the UK government has in its negotiations with Brussels,” he said.

Reporting by Graham Fahy; Editing by Catherine Evans

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