Saturday 25 November 2017

DUP mark Brexit with 'champagne reception'

DUP leader and First Minister Arlene Foster, said the idea of a champagne reception had been 'lost in translation'. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
DUP leader and First Minister Arlene Foster, said the idea of a champagne reception had been 'lost in translation'. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

How do you celebrate Brexit? Well, with some fine French wine of course.

At least that's what the DUP decided do on the fringes of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham yesterday.

The ad for the DUP's Brexit forum
The ad for the DUP's Brexit forum

The party hosted a 'champagne reception' entitled "Making Brexit Work, Making This Parliament Work, Making the Majority Work".

The move raised some eyebrows, especially as the majority of voters in Northern Ireland voted against the UK leaving the European Union.

However, DUP leader and the North's First Minister Arlene Foster, who spoke at the event, said the idea of a champagne reception had been "lost in translation".

Ms Foster told UTV: "It got a little bit lost in translation, we were supposed to have a drinks reception and somehow it turned into a champagne reception but we've got a lot of attention out of it and I'm hoping it will draw in the crowds to hear about Northern Ireland."

The party also held an 'Ulster Fry' breakfast event.

Irish Independent

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