DUP step up warning to May not to compromise on border

Andrew Cummings
October 12, 2018

He said no deal would "quite simply be a disaster for business in Northern Ireland", where consumers already have half the disposable income of households in Britain.

"I'm sure they too will be persuaded the alternatives - of no deal or potentially a Corbyn government - would not be of benefit to them or Northern Ireland", he said.

As reported by the UK Telegraph, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to ask her cabinet to push through a customs union agreement on Brexit, as May's opponents threaten to tear down her government. It must be one of the worrying questions for Downing Street.

A senior DUP MP said a Commons vote on Wednesday night that saw the party abstain on a piece of legislation for the first time since signing a pact to keep the Conservatives in power was a "warning" to the Government.

Blair, a prominent voice opposed to Brexit, resigned as prime minister in 2008. Many of her cabinet colleagues have assured me of their Unionism.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Wednesday (10 October) that the withdrawal agreement between the EU and United Kingdom is "within reach" if London agrees to keep either Northern Ireland or the entire United Kingdom in the bloc's customs union before a separate deal on future relations is reached.

London hopes to resolve the issue with a future trade deal, but agrees there should be a "backstop" arrangement to avoid physical frontier checks until that deal is done.

She added that Northern Ireland was not being offered the "best of both worlds".

Mr Duncan Smith said it was "wholly feasible to have non-hard borders" in Northern Ireland. He said Mrs May was committed "heart and soul, not just cerebrally" to the Union and would only put her name to a deal that "treats Northern Ireland on a par as a full part of the United Kingdom".

The DUP has 10 MPs, although Ian Paisley can not vote in the Commons until November 20 after being suspended for failing to declare two family holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government.

In May's own Conservative party, some eurosceptic lawmakers want to vote against her approach to exiting the European Union as it would not bring a sharp enough break from the bloc in their view.

Not such a pleasant morning for the Prime Minister who is trying to please the DUP, the European Research Group - the ultra pro-Brexit wing of her own party - and the EU.

While May is reportedly ready to compromise on regulatory checks between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain, she has refused the idea of a customs border in the Irish Sea.

Eurosceptic Conservative MPs who want a clean break with the European Union have expressed alarm at reports that, as it races to get a deal, the government may agree this alignment would last indefinitely.

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