United Kingdom lawmakers willing to vote down Brexit deal

Cheryl Sanders
October 11, 2018

"But, I do think the Government does need to listen very carefully".

The backstop is the insurance policy for making sure the frictionless border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is maintained after Brexit.

The Democratic Unionist Party has threatened to take serious action if it remains unhappy over the government's Brexit plans.

The move, which involved a Labour amendment to the agriculture bill, was co-ordinated with Tory Brexiteers, The Times understands. Despite their abstention, it was still defeated by 59 votes.

British and European Union negotiators are understood to have agreed in principle to an all-UK backstop plan to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland that would remove the final major obstacle blocking a withdrawal agreement.


Steve Baker, Conservative MP for Wycombe, said he believed "at least 40" of his colleagues would vote against a deal along the lines the PM has proposed which would include this "backstop" for Northern Ireland.

He added: "When we entered into the confidence and supply arrangement with the Government, we did so to enable it to deliver on the fiscal elements of its domestic programme and the referendum result to leave the EU. Our position hasn't changed and we don't expect the Government will change its position". No 10 made clear if the DUP voted down the Budget, Mrs May would not quit.

This, however, would raise the prospect of increased regulation checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

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.

Just minutes before the news broke that the DUP is considering voting down the budget, a Downing Street source was asked if Mrs May felt she could rely on DUP votes in parliament.


Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Union commissioner for migration and home affairs, said Barnier had briefed the body on the state of play in the negotiations.

According to one of the academics who conducted "The Future of England Study", unionists' preference for Brexit over the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom "raises questions about the type of union we're in, and indeed what unionism means".

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a roundtable meeting with business leaders whose companies are inaugural signatories of the Race at Work Charter at the Southbank Centre in London, Britain, October 11, 2018.

Merkel's cautious assessment came one week before EU leaders meet in Brussels for what might be the last chance to seal a deal on Britain's divorce from the European Union.

Negotiators in Brussels remain tight-lipped, but it sounds like a deal on the withdrawal agreement is close.


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