An Ulster Unionist delegation met the Prime Minister this morning, to discuss the uncertainties surrounding the referendum on the UK’s continuing membership of the European Union.
Party Leader, Mike Nesbitt MLA, said:
“With four months to go until the referendum, we understand the Prime Minister was planning a campaign based on that timeline. We impressed upon him the timeline for Northern Ireland is different and more urgent. He accepted our point and we expect him in Northern Ireland very soon to address some of the points that weigh heavily on the people of Northern Ireland.
“We asked him to address five key areas. First is the money, not just for farmers but also the voluntary and community sector, industry and our seats of learning.
“Second, can we assume that outside the EU, there would be no hit on the Block Grant from lowering the rate of Corporation Tax. The Prime Minister promised to reflect on that proposition.
“Third is the question of our land border in the event of a Brexit. This is a matter he is giving urgent consideration but he also makes the point that the Brexit supporters also need to offer clarity on that point.
“Fourth is welfare, immigration and asylum seekers and finally but as importantly, there is the sovereignty question, particularly the existential threat to the United Kingdom should there be an overall vote for Brexit but with Scotland voting to remain.
“The Prime Minister has promised to answer these questions on his forthcoming visit which will precede the meeting of the Ulster Unionist Party’s ruling Executive, which will meet to consider the Party’s position on Saturday 5 March, sixteen weeks before the poll.”