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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.

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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.



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