January 17, 2019

Arlene Foster's 'alarm bells' as DUP warns Tories of Brexit deal 'consequences'

11 November 2018, 05:59 | Darnell Patrick

SIPA USA PA Images Brexiteer MPs have called on Theresa May to publish the full details of the backstop arrangement

SIPA USA  PA Images               Brexiteer MPs have called on Theresa May to publish the full details of the backstop arrangement

Earlier, Reuters reported, citing a letter from UK Prime Minister Theresa May obtained by The Times, that the European Union was considering the creation of a customs border in the Irish sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom in the event of a no-deal on Brexit.

"We will not support arrangements that leave Northern Ireland separated from the rest of the United Kingdom and tied to the European Union's customs or regulatory regimes", Foster said in a letter to May which was published on November 9.

Mrs Foster said: "The Prime Minister's letter raises alarm bells for those who value the integrity of our precious union and for those who want a proper Brexit for the whole of the UK".

Meanwhile, when asked about whether the letter from Ms May to the DUP meant that getting a Brexit deal through parliament was lost, Mr Liddington responded with what sounded like the Government's Brexit deal selling point to MPs.

The response of the DUP has caused frustration in Downing Street, with sources insisting that Mrs May was not hiding behind "weasel words" and had stressed that she would not accept a deal which saw Northern Ireland hived off.

Downing Street has played down suggestions that a Brexit deal is imminent, after European Council president Donald Tusk appeared to indicate a breakthrough could come within the next week.

"The PM knows the consequences, she now needs to reconsider", DUP lawmaker Sammy Wilson said.

Disney's streaming service is dubbed Disney+
Jon Favreau is now developing another Star Wars-based show, The Mandalorian - which, going by the title alone, sounds pretty cool. There will also new new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars , one of the most anticipated revivals for animated shows to date.

Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair and thesis fetch more than US$1m at auction
In total, the auction, which included 52 lots, raised more than 1.8 million pounds (roughly $2.35 million, AU$3.24 million). A collection of Hawking's medals and awards fetched almost £300,000 ($392,000) more-again well above the expected price.

'Stupid question,' Donald Trump slams another CNN journalist
President Donald Trump clashed with CNN journalist Jim Acosta during a news conference in the East Room of the White House . In between his calls for "respect", Trump called Acosta "unprofessional" and disparaged the reporter's intelligence.

The party has seized on a particular paragraph of the letter in which May said she could not allow circumstances or conditions that could break up the United Kingdom customs territory to "come into force".

"I was in Dublin a few days ago".

"She has sent us where she believes she is now at, and remember this is before she goes to Brussels to negotiate with them on what they believe is possible, but now, as it stands, we could not support her proposals".

This would apply if a future EU-UK trade relationship failed to avert a hardening of the frontier between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was among the leaders at the Isle of Man summit and urged Tory leaders to consider keeping the whole of the United Kingdom in the single market, warning that Brexit has highlighted "real weaknesses" in the UK's devolution settlement.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have been angered by a letter sent by May, in which she concedes the EU are still arguing for Northern Ireland to remain in the single market and customs union if talks collapse - effectively meaning a border down the Irish sea.

The UK Government Minister for the Department for Exiting the EU - Robin Walker - was at today's meeting.

Other News

Trending Now

Meet the Victoria's Secret Angels Getting Their Wings
She also shared a photo of her and "inspiration" Adriana Lima , who did her last catwalk for VS this year. Model Gigi Hadid . (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Model Bella Hadid .

Apple discovered some MacBook Pro and iPhone X problems
Apple has announced two new replacement programs that impact the iPhone X and the 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar. Apple says it will examine any iPhone to make sure its eligible for the free fix .

Malibu residents ordered out as California wildfire nears
Cathy Fallon reacts as she stands near the charred remains of her home, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Paradise, Calif . There is no listed containment percentage for the wildfire just yet. "It's hard", Cal Fire Butte County Capt.

Delhi bans trucks as world's most polluted major city chokes
A volunteer of the foundation, Sanjay Salunkhe said, "At some places, noise up to 114.1 dB was recorded". On Thursday, the PM2.5 level was recorded at 492 gm-3, more than eight times the permissable limit.

First Flu Deaths This Season
Each year in the US , the flu is estimated to cause between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths and up to 710,000 hospitalizations. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported Friday that the first flu-related death happened this week.

California wildfire roars to life, forces thousands to flee
In Los Angeles, a brush fire broke out near Griffith Park on Friday morning, behind the Los Angeles Zoo. Among them was Kim Curtis, who was searching for her grandmother, who told family at 8 a.m.

Just released from Raiders, Bruce Irvin heads to hometown Falcons
Irvin was having a rough year in Oakland under coach Jon Gruden (just like every other member of the organization). "He will add to our rotation along the defensive line, while adding to our pass rush".

Trump spars with Macron as Air Force One lands in France
Macron told Europe 1 radio that the "main victim" of the U.S. withdrawal from the INF accord was Europe and its security. Trump told reporters Friday before leaving the White House.

Jo Johnson quits as minister over Theresa May's Brexit plan
The only alternative on the table, he said, is a no-deal Brexit that would "inflict untold damage" on Britain. Giving his response on Twitter, Boris wrote: "Boundless admiration as ever for my brother Jo".

England trounce Sri Lanka in Galle Test
It was incredible to face their quality spinners. "It won't sink in until afterwards, when I speak to family and stuff". An LBW appeal when Jennings was on 58 was turned down and Sri Lanka chose - erroneously it turned out - not to review.