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What does the DUP want from Brexit and why wont they support Theresa May?

Theresa May is battling to win round her DUP allies in a desperate last-ditch attempt to save her Brexit dea..

By admin , in England , at March 28, 2019

Theresa May is battling to win round her DUP allies in a desperate last-ditch attempt to save her Brexit deal.

The Prime Minister dramatically offered to quit in return for her Withdrawal Agreement getting passed.

But, for now, that doesnt appear enough for the Northern Irish party.

File photo dated 17/01/19 of DUP Leader Arlene Foster. Ms Foster announced this evening in an interview with Sky News that her party would still not support Prime Minister Theresa May's Withdrawal Deal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 27, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

DUP Leader Arlene Foster has said she will not support Theresa Mays deal (Picture: PA)

Mrs May needs to win over 75 Conservative MPs who have rejected her deal, hammered out at Chequers last July.

The DUP has only 10 MPs in Westminster but they hold many of the cards over Brexit.

Not only would their support help make up the numbers, they are also key in winning over Tory waverers.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the pro-Brexit European Research Group (ERG) has said he would support Mrs May if the DUP would also either agree or abstain.

On Thursday morning, he said he believes there is still a way of winning them round.

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Im in favour of the deal and I hope the DUP will come over to the deal but well have to wait and see what they do, he added.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg leaves his home on March 19, 2019 in London, England. Yesterday, speaker John Bercow was accused of trying to sabotage Theresa May's Brexit deal by refusing to allow a third meaningful vote unless the Government's proposal was substantially different, citing a parliamentary convention dating back to 1604. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he will support Mrs Mays deal if the DUP do (Picture: Getty)

The DUP – or Democratic Unionist Party – takes pride in placing the union above anything else.

They have warned that Mrs Mays deal poses a risk to the integrity of the union of the United Kingdom.

The DUP, under the leadership of Arlene Foster, oppose the Irish border backstop in the Prime Ministers deal.

That is the insurance policy designed to keep the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland open in the event that a trade deal cannot be done with the EU during the transition period.

The backstop would keep Northern Ireland in the customs union while England, Scotland and Wales would follow separate trade rules.

Mrs Foster argues this would create a border down the Irish Sea and has said we cant agree to something that threatens the union.

This is a strategic risk to the union and for us in the DUP, the union will always come first and that has been the issue right from the beginning.

epa07433130 (FILE) - A defaced sign designates the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on the A13 Road near Londonderry in Britain, 01 March 2019 (reissued 13 March 2019). At the Irish border, the British Government will not introduce new controls or checks on goods being transported from the Irish Republic to the British province of Northern Ireland if there is a no-deal Brexit, according to British media reports. EPA/NEIL HALL

The DUP are angry over the Irish backstop, which is designed to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland (Picture: EPA)

The DUP gained more influence in Westminster after Mrs Mays disastrous 2017, which left her relying on them to prop up her new minority government.

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The party negotiated a £1,000,000,000 sum for Northern Ireland in return for a confidence and supply pact to help Mrs May pass legislation.

That deal is due to expire this year and the DUP has said it has not asked for any money to shift its position on Brexit.

The DUP has softened its stance over the backstop in recent months. Initially it called on Mrs May to bin the backstop whereas now there are calls for legally binding assurances.

The party could now ask for a role in future EU-UK tradRead More – Source

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