DUP threatening to collapse Theresa May's government over Brexit

Lamar Ellis
October 11, 2018

May has ruled out any agreement which could see customs or regulatory barriers being erected between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain.

But he made clear that the European Union envisages a deal involving new customs and regulatory checks on goods travelling from Britain to Northern Ireland, including health and sanitary inspections for 100% of animals and animal products arriving in ports like Larne and Belfast from the rest of the UK.

Barnier said Brexit would trigger the need for customs, Value-Added Tax and compliance checks with EU standards between Ireland and Northern Ireland in the event that a planned "backstop" were triggered because a future EU-UK trade deal was not sufficient in itself to ensure the land frontier was not a "hard border".

"We're not afraid of elections, we never have been in the DUP".

Speaking about the agriculture bill vote, Mr Wilson told BBC News: "It was a way of reminding the government that while our vote wasn't important last night, it would be important some time in the future, and we would have no hesitation withholding it if we thought that was a necessary sanction to impose".

By withdrawing its support, the DUP could make it hard for May to pass legislation through parliament, including the budget which will be voted on later this month.

In a series of tweets, Mr Johnson said that the deal would keep the United Kingdom in the customs union and Northern Ireland in the single market, and would mean increased checks on goods travelling between the province and the British mainland.

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One complicating factor is that keeping Northern Ireland in the single market would have to be agreed by the Stormont Assembly, which has not met since collapsing in January 2017.

The research found clear majorities of English Conservatives would support Scottish independence (79 per cent) or the collapse of the Irish peace process (75 per cent) as the price of Brexit. Blair said, adding that the government had cast aside the interests of the service sector.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a roundtable meeting with business leaders whose companies are inaugural signatories of the Race at Work Charter at the Southbank Centre in London, Britain, October 11, 2018.

It will follow another Whitehall meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee, which will be attended by Mr Lidington and his colleagues Dominic Raab, the Brexit Secretary, and David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary.

Eurosceptic Tories claim dozens of Conservatives are also prepared to vote against a Chequers-style deal.

The meeting takes place against growing criticism over her approach to exiting the European Union, with some Conservative eurosceptic lawmakers saying they will vote against any deal based on her "Chequers" proposal - named after her country residence - as it will not bring a complete break from the European Union in their view. "That is why we are interested in maximising an orderly withdrawal and minimising the cost of withdrawal".

The comments appeared to pour cold water on upbeat assessments on the prospects of a deal made by senior European Union figures over recent days.

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