Saturday, 20 October, 2018


DUP 'could vote against the Budget' over Brexit deal

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Bennie Garza | 10 October, 2018, 22:10

In Westminster, the Prime Minister urged MPs to do their "duty" to implement the result of the Brexit referendum as she struggled to maintain discipline within the Tory ranks.

In an explicit threat to the prime minister, DUP sources made clear that they will vote against the government's budget - regarded as a confidence motion - if she agrees to a muted backstop agreement with the EU.

The Prime Minister said: "I would hope that everybody across this whole House will put the national interest first".

For industrial goods, he said it could be done by "market surveillance authorities" in company premises but he added that checks on animals and animal-derived products would still have to take place on the border.

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

"We are awaiting the detail of exactly what we are going to be asked for vote for".

European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday an agreement with Britain could be "within reach" next week, calling for decisive progress in the talks in time for a summit of all 28 EU leaders.

There are usually checks on goods coming into the EU's customs territory from outside countries, but the bloc has agreed not to carry out such checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit in order to safeguard the peace process.

The issue of how to preserve an open border between European Union state Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland - Britain's only land frontier - after Brexit is the last remaining hurdle, with almost everything else in the withdrawal agreement agreed before Britain leaves next March.

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

Speaking alongside DUP MEP Diane Dodds, Mrs Foster said she had not yet seen a fresh text on the Irish backstop, a guarantee of no hard border on the island of Ireland, from the British government.

The Labour leader is expected to whip his MPs to vote against the Brexit deal when it comes to Commons, whatever the shape of the agreement as it is unlikely to meet with the party's "six tests".

Conservative MP Steve Baker said on Tuesday that at least 40 of his colleagues are ready to vote against a deal which included that solution because it would represent a "half in, half out Brexit". But he stressed: "Brexit was not our choice".

He said there would have to be checks on goods travelling to Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom, because they would effectively be arriving in the EU's single market if there was no hard border with the Republic of Ireland.

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