Theresa May to put concessions to DUP in DESPERATE bid to win support for her deal

Theresa May to put concessions to DUP in DESPERATE bid to win support for her deal

Senior Government sources last night claimed the Withdrawal Bill (WAB) will be amended to “build the broadest coalition possible”. The WAB will go before the Commons early next week. One concession includes alternative arrangements to replace the Irish backstop by the end of 2020, according to The Sun.

Another concession includes a commitment to regulatory alignment between Britain and Northern Ireland in any trade deal with Brussels.

A Government source said: “We’re not just going to bring it back as it was and hope for the best.”

However, DUP leader Arlene Foster last night demanded the Government to reject the backstop altogether.

In a statement she claimed cross-party talks with Labour had “wasted time”.

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She said: “It was always doomed to failure.

“The Government should reject the backstop and work for a sensible deal which unionists throughout the United Kingdom can support.”

She added: “The people voted in 2016 and the result must be implemented.”

This weekend, Mrs May will speak to Cabinet Ministers before deciding on whether to hold a set of “indicative votes” on alternative Brexit plans in the Commons before putting the WAB before MPs.

A senior Tory said they believed a no deal was a “racing certainty”.

Another Minister claimed a new Tory leader will be forced to accept a second referendum.

They said: “I imagine they’ll come in and realise going back to the people is the only way through this.”

Three of the Prime Minister’s deals have already been defeated on her Brexit agreement with the EU.

Mrs May said earlier this week she will hold a final vote in the first week of June which will bring WAB legislation before MPs.

However, sources have claimed she could be heading for another defeat of up to 150 votes.

Published at Fri, 17 May 2019 21:30:00 +0000