Tory rebels won't support Theresa May's Chequers Brexit plan, says MP

Tory rebels won't support Theresa May's Chequers Brexit plan, says MP

The DUP's Brexit spokesman, writing in the Daily Telegraph, said his party would not accept any deal that would leave Northern Ireland "languishing in the stifling embrace of the EU".

The party's 10 MPs have propped up the Tory government since May lost her Commons majority in the snap general election previous year.

Speaking after meeting with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, she illustrated what the DUP were opposing by saying an attempt to avoid a hard border with the Irish Republic could mean more regulatory checks on goods travelling between GB and NI.

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

"If even unionists in Northern Ireland care less about the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom than pursuing Brexit, then it really raises questions about the type of union we're in, and indeed what unionism means", she said.

A spokeswoman for the DUP told HuffPost UK: "The government know our red lines on this".

Mr Baker told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he was expecting Tory Whips to go to work on the rebels - but that around 40 of them would stand firm against her.

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.

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In a move seen by some as a warning shot, DUP MPs failed to back the Government in voting against a Labour amendment to an Agriculture Bill outlining post-Brexit reforms on Wednesday night.

He instead encouraged Britain to make a final push in the talks, offering to launch "around 10 negotiations running in parallel" from April 2019 on an EU-UK trade deal, if agreement can be found now on the Irish border issue and the principles of a Canada-style free trade deal.

Some in the Cabinet are understood to be sympathetic to the DUP concerns, believing the threat can be used to force the European Union to shift its own stance.

"The only votes that she can depend on as leader of the Conservative party are Conservative ones".

Just minutes before this story broke, a Downing Street source was asked whether the PM felt she could rely on DUP votes.

At least 40 lawmakers in Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party are willing to vote down her possible Brexit deal if it leaves European Union (EU), a senior lawmaker said on Tuesday.

Foster stressed that she wants to reach a Brexit deal and she is staying in Brussels for the next two days in order to try and find a solution that would be acceptable to her.

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