DUP leader says would prefer no Brexit deal to ‘annexation’ of Northern Ireland

Leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster gives a press conference after a meeting with the European Chief Negotiator of the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50, in Brussels, Belgium 09 October 2018. (Photo by OLIVIER HOSLET / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLIVIER HOSLET/AFP/Getty Images)

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The head of the Northern Irish party that props up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government said on Saturday she would prefer no Brexit deal to a bad deal, saying the current proposal would permanently annex Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom.

Writing in the Belfast Telegraph newspaper, Arlene Foster also said she wanted a deal that would work for the Republic of Ireland and said she would travel to Dublin for talks on Monday.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Gareth Jones