DUP Will Block May’s Budget if ‘Red Lines’ Abandoned, Wants Brexit Delivered

DUP Will Block May’s Budget if ‘Red Lines’ Abandoned, Wants Brexit Delivered

DUP Will Block May’s Budget if ‘Red Lines’ Abandoned, Wants Brexit Delivered

This, however, would raise the prospect of increased regulation checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Barnier said Wednesday that a deal was "within reach" but that Britain had to accept some customs controls between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, in order to protect the integrity of the EU's single market.

Mrs May is expected to chair a meeting of her most trusted Cabinet members on Thursday in order to finalise her backstop plans before sending them to Brussels.

"We would need to be unafraid to go forward without an agreement", Mr Baker said. "That's not what the biggest majority in our history voted for".

The DUP has 10 MPs, although Ian Paisley will not be able to vote in the Commons until November 20 after being suspended for failing to declare two family holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government. It would have implications not just for Brexit legislation - 50% of which would not have passed without DUP support - but also for the Budget, welfare reform and other domestic legislation.

In what is being described as the "nuclear option", DUP MPs would refuse to vote with the Government should Mrs May agree a Brexit backstop that would treat Northern Ireland differently to the rest of the UK.

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 Irish border has been a key sticking point in Brexit talks.

Sammy Wilson MP said the party's abstention on the agriculture bill on Wednesday night was a warning to the government.

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The de-facto Deputy Prime Minister was pressed on the DUP's support when he appeared on ITV's Peston on Wednesday night.

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.

The backstop is the insurance policy for making sure the frictionless border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is maintained after Brexit.

Thirty Labour MPs are set to rebel against Jeremy Corbyn and back Theresa May's Chequers-style Brexit deal.

"I understand why such procedures are politically sensitive", he said, but added "Brexit was not our choice, it is the choice of the UK".

He warned the UK's trade proposals would give its companies a "huge competitive edge" over European Union rivals.

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.

Mr Barnier said there were several areas of agreement with Mrs May's plans, published in a White Paper in July.

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