17/01/2019

DUP Urge PM To Strike New Deal In 'Useful Discussion'

DUP leader Arlene Foster has described her meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May regarding the Government's Brexit strategy as a "useful discussion".

The party, which props up the Conservatives, met with Mrs May in Westminster ahead of Parliament's vote of no confidence on Wednesday 16 January, which saw the House of Commons eventually vote in support of the Government.

Mrs Foster and the DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds pledged to have "further engagements in the coming days" with the Prime Minister, following the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement which left the Government's Brexit strategy in disarray.
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"These are critical times for the United Kingdom and we have indicated that first and foremost we will act in the national interest," the DUP leader added.

Mr Dodds said: "Lessons will need to be learned from the vote in Parliament.

"The issue of the backstop needs to be dealt with and we will continue to work to that end."

Mrs May's Conservative Government survived the no confidence vote by 325 to 306.

Following the slim victory, she pledged to meet MP's in an effort to forge a way forward for Brexit.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to join the talks unless the threat of a no-deal Brexit was ruled out.

Mrs May must present a new plan for the UK's withdrawal from the EU to Parliament by 21 January.



(JG/CM)

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