Brexit: DUP accuses May of breaking promises on Irish border

Marsha Scott
November 11, 2018

The EU wants a customs border in the Irish Sea, between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a letter from Theresa May seen by the London Times newspaper suggested.

Speaking in the Isle of Man, where he was attending a meeting of the British-Irish Council, Lidington said he believed a "new dynamic" would emerge, once MPs saw the full text of the proposed agreement.

The Dup claim that according to the letter of the Prime Minister may, she is preparing to break the promise before the party, worrying that it would vote against the deal on Brexit in Parliament.

'The PM's letter raises alarm bells for those who value the integrity of our precious union & for those who want a proper Brexit for the whole UK, ' DUP leader Arlene Foster tweeted.

Without DUP support for a deal, May will have much less chance of getting her deal through parliament.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the letter "makes it quite clear the Government has accepted there will be a Northern Ireland-only backstop, that that backstop will require specific alignment for regulations" without Northern Ireland being given a say.

DUP leader Arlene Foster (right) with DUP MP Nigel Dodds.

LONDON-The Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Theresa May's government, cast her Brexit negotiation as a betrayal and cautioned it could not support a deal that divided the United Kingdom.

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But the DUP has interpreted the wording of her letter to mean that the measure will be contained in the Brexit divorce deal despite Mrs May's insistence it will never come into effect.

Britain's culture minister Jeremy Wright arrives In Downing Street.

They said Ms. May had earlier promised them that it never would.

"The most important thing for me is the objective and that is to give everyone in northern Ireland and Ireland assurance that a hard border will not develop between north and south no matter what else may happen in the years ahead", Varadkar said.

In a letter to the DUP sent this week, May said the EU was insisting that a backstop which keeps Northern Ireland wedded to the single market and customs union is included in the deal now being negotiated in Brussels.

"A successful outcome is not guaranteed but I think it is possible in the next couple of weeks", Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.

His comments came on the same day Austrian newspapers reported that Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier could meet over the next few days to seal an agreement.

Ms Sturgeon also said that if a deal proposed by the UK Government can not command a majority in the House of Commons, it should not mean that departing the European Union with no deal is "inevitable".

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