DUP 'will vote against government budget if Brexit red lines breached'

DUP 'will vote against government budget if Brexit red lines breached'

DUP 'will vote against government budget if Brexit red lines breached'

Sinn Fein MLA Mairtin O Muilleoir said the comments signalled a "bizarre new low" for the DUP over Brexit, adding: "Never mind the catastrophic impact on our economy and communities across Ireland, none of that matters to the DUP if there's going to be checks on lasagne crossing the Irish Sea". Despite their abstention, it was still defeated by 59 votes.

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She made it clear she would reject any deal that, with the goal of keeping the Irish land border open, established new checks between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain. "Yet this backstop inevitably means Chequers, staying in both, no say in either, and no right to escape".

Britain's Brexit minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday he was confident of reaching a deal with the European Union in the coming months, and said the government should hold its nerve in the negotiations.

The 27 European Union leaders meeting next Wednesday and Thursday in Brussels want to be able to announce decisive progress on the Brexit deal to agree to hold another summit in November. "Why would we need checks between Northern Ireland and GB, or between GB and Northern Ireland, if we were an integral part of the single market of the United Kingdom?"

As the United Kingdom steps up its preparations for the risk of a no-deal exit, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is recruiting three "resilience advisers" to plan for and deal with any disruption to local services.

Just over a week remains before the October 18 summit in Brussels which was initially pencilled in as the deadline for agreement on withdrawal.

"It's worth me pointing out that there is a difference between people talking optimistically about a deal and a deal, including both a withdrawal agreement and a future framework, actually being agreed".

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With the negotiations coming to a head, the central focus of the discussions is thought to have been the issue of the Northern Ireland "backstop" meant to ensure there is not return of a "hard border" with the Republic. The Government has said it will publish revised proposals for the Irish border "in due course".

Mrs May, meanwhile, urged MPs across the Commons to act in the national interest and back a Brexit deal amid warnings that "decisive" progress is needed in the negotiations before a crunch Brussels summit next week.

Theresa May is used to presenting the European Union with her red lines for a Brexit deal, but now it's the prime minister who is being challenged to meet tough conditions by her DUP partners.

There have been suggestions that the political declaration could be as short as six pages in order to push a Brexit deal through and leave disagreements over the future of trade for to be settled during the two-year transition period.

However Tory Brexiteers fear that she is about to concede to European Union demands that it must be open-ended, despite previous assurances from ministers it would have to be time-limited.

The former chancellor said that would reveal that the "hardline Eurosceptic views" of the "Bennites" in the Labour leadership and the "right-wing nationalists" on the Tory benches were in the minority in the Commons.

"I hope for progress and there is progress, but the devil is in the details, as they say", said Merkel, who was in The Hague for talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

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