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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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