Brexit: DUP plan to vote against the Budget over Brexit red lines

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2018

With just six months before Britain leaves the European Union in its biggest shift in trade and foreign policy in more than 40 years, both sides say they are intensifying talks to try to avoid a "no deal" Brexit that could harm the world's fifth largest economy.

"If she is not prepared to do that then you do have - and Ken Clarke talked about acting in the national interest - then in the national interest she has to say to them "you are not getting a withdrawal agreement because I cannot accept the break up of the United Kingdom".

"But remember, that's checks on live animals, that's the only checks that we now have".

In a further blow to No.10, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) also warned that it should not try to "bounce" its MPs into backing the government's plans to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.

The Budget takes place on 29 October.

The prime minister has strongly rejected the Barnier plan.

The Times said a group of between 30 to 40 Labour lawmakers could defy their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and vote for a deal that May hopes to bring back by the end of the year.

But Foster refused to consider such a compromise on Tuesday, saying: "What we said to Barnier is checks of themselves are symptomatic of something different, so we only need checks if Northern Ireland is following a different regulatory regime to the rest of the UK".

"We will not be bounced into anything".

Theresa May plans to bind her cabinet at a meeting next Tuesday to the raft of new concessions, sources told The Times, and they could be included in the fresh Brexit blueprint to be produced before European leaders meet next week.

"There cannot be barriers to trade in the United Kingdom internal market which would damage the economic well-being of Northern Ireland and therefore we could not support any arrangements which would give rise to either customs or regulatory barriers within the United Kingdom internal market".

In Northern Ireland, 86 per cent of Leave voters believe Scottish independence would be acceptable if meant securing the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Mel Stride, the financial secretary to the Treasury, insisted that there has been no change in government policy.

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.

Foster has said that is part of her "blood red lines" over Brexit.

Some form of regulatory checks on goods travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

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