Thursday, 18 October, 2018

DUP step up warning to May not to compromise on border

Arlene Foster DUP leader Arlene Foster DUP leader
Elsie Buchanan | 12 October, 2018, 10:55

Following three days of talks with key figures in Brussels, DUP leader Arlene Foster said the United Kingdom prime minister could not in "good conscience" accept the proposals now on the table from the EU.

New British proposals over the Irish border "backstop" have raised hopes that a deal can be reached at the crucial European Council summit which begins in Brussels next Thursday.

"I'm sure they too will be persuaded the alternatives - of no deal or potentially a Corbyn government - would not be of benefit to them or Northern Ireland", he said.

The Northern Irish party that British Prime Minister Theresa May's government relies on for support says it will consider backing a vote of no-confidence if May agrees to European Union checks on goods entering the region post-Brexit.

Besides the Irish border issue, the key areas still to be negotiated are the geographical indications of products and the governance of the implementation of the deal. Downing Street earlier warned there were "big issues still to resolve".

Theresa May relies on DUP support in key votes because she does not have a majority in the House of Commons.

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Commenting on the Irish backstop, Barnier said the EU's plan to keep Northern Ireland in the Single Market and customs union would help keep the border invisible - a goal of both sets of negotiators.

Mr Barnier claimed Brussels's proposal helped manage the negative fall-out from Brexit, which respected the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom, and gave Northern Ireland benefits "no part of a third country enjoys; in particular, continued access to the single market for goods and continued benefits from European Union free trade agreements".

Mr Duncan Smith said it was "wholly feasible to have non-hard borders" in Northern Ireland.

Blasting the proposed deal, she said: "Trade from Great Britain into Northern Ireland would be in danger of restriction".

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.

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The party's Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson later explicitly warned the Government against doing a deal that kept Northern Ireland in the Single Market, writing in the Telegraph the party could not support "any deal which includes such economically and constitutionally damaging arrangements".

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