Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

DUP 'could vote against the Budget' over Brexit deal

DUP 'could vote against the Budget' over Brexit deal

"If Theresa May doesn't take our concerns on board, we will take the view that she is not the leader to take us through to a safe Brexit".

Should the budget not pass a Commons vote it could trigger a confidence motion in the Prime Minister putting her future leadership into question.

"The Prime Minister understands that position and I expect her to respect that position".

A DUP source told Sky News: "It is unacceptable that we would be treated differently to the rest of the UK".

She claimed under the European Union position, there could be scores of checks on live animals and food products travelling within the UK.

Davis wrote: "If we stay on our current trajectory we will go into the next election with the government having delivered none of the benefits of Brexit, with the country reduced to being a rule-taker from Brussels, and having failed to deliver on a number of promises in the manifesto and in the Lancaster House speech".

One of the key things they have not yet agreed is how to prevent there being new border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which is a member of the EU.

The DUP is growing alarmed because it fears Downing St is edging towards a deal with the European Union that may lead to additional regulatory checks on goods travelling between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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Boris Johnson has accused Theresa May of negotiating a "backstop" solution for Northern Ireland that will turn Britain into a "permanent EU colony" after Michel Barnier insisted the United Kingdom will have to stay in the customs union.

EU commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Mr Barnier had told officials at a private meeting earlier that "decisive progress must be made in time for the October European Council next week".

The UK government has responded to the DUP's position by working on plans for an alternative backstop which would see the whole of the UK remain in the customs union - but that's opposed by some of May's own MPs.

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

Following the College of Commissioners meeting, two commissioners stressed the importance of continued UK/EU co-operation on security after Brexit.

If 40 of her lawmakers voted against a possible deal, the fate of the government and exit process would depend on the opposition Labour Party, which has indicated it will vote against nearly any deal May might secure.

Barnier said he realised such checks were politically hard but this was the effect of Britons voting to leave the EU.

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