16/10/2018

DUP Issue Threat Over Brexit Backstop Deal

The DUP's deputy leader has threatened to paralyse the government's domestic agenda if Northern Ireland's place in the union is jeopardised by a Brexit deal.

Warning Prime Minister Theresa May, Nigel Dodds said his party would stop short of triggering a general election, as he spoke ahead of a cabinet meeting in London.

Theresa May is attempting to rally support ahead of a critical few days of Brexit negotiations, and told MPs on Monday that an agreement with the EU was "still achievable" despite the apparent controversy over the Irish border issue.
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The DUP form part of the conservative government, giving Mrs May the last 10 seats she requires for a House of Commons majority, so she relies on their support in key votes.

Mr Dodds said his party is ready and willing to withdraw support on key domestic legislation if there is any move towards fracturing the union with Northern Ireland.

He also said that despite this, the DUP would "not want to pull the plug on the government and allow Jeremy Corbyn into No 10".

A Conservative party MP, Anna Soubry, responded to his threat, branding it "profoundly undemocratic".

Mrs Soubry also added that the DUP were a "blooming nightmare" and accused the party of "holding the rest of this country to ransom".



(JG)


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