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DUP warns Theresa May to ‘keep her side of the bargain’

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The Northern Irish party has sent a stark warning to Theresa May over her draft Brexit divorce deal, throwing further doubt over whether Prime Minister has the numbers to approve a draft Brexit deal in parliament.

A senior MP from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has warned May to “keep her side of the bargain” after the party’s 10 MPs withheld their support in votes on Budget measures.

Sammy Wilson, the party’s Brexit spokesman, said the government had not stuck to its promise that Northern Ireland would not be treated differently from the rest of the UK in the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

“Since the government has not honoured its side of the bargain we tonight tried to spell out some of the consequences of that,” Wilson told the BBC.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) failed to back her minority government in several votes on a finance bill on Monday. The votes, Wilson said, were “designed to send a political message to the government: Look we’ve got an agreement with you but you’ve got to keep your side of the bargain otherwise we don’t feel obliged to keep ours.”

The EU is due to hold a summit to discuss the draft deal on Nov. 25. Some eurosceptic ministers in May’s cabinet are reported to want to rewrite parts of it, though EU governments have largely ruled this out.




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