Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

DUP accuses May of breaking Brexit pledge over Irish Sea border

DUP accuses May of breaking Brexit pledge over Irish Sea border

The letter from the Prime Minister, leaked to the press, shows that the government is prepared to allow the European Union to carry out regulatory inspections of goods coming into Northern Ireland under the controversial plan to "reverse".

The DUP has accused the PM of breaking promises over plans to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland post-Brexit.

The Times reported that such a border is the EU's preferred option, after seeing a letter May sent to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) saying she would not let this "come into force".

In the five-page letter to Arlene Foster, the DUP leader, and Nigel Dodds, her deputy, Mrs May said the European Union is still pushing for the "backstop to the backstop" but insists that she would never allow a divide between Ulster and Great Britain to "come into force".

DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson told Sky News that Ms.

Why has the letter annoyed the DUP?

They said May had earlier promised them it never would - and they threatened to vote against the agreement.

Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said the British government needed to honour its commitments to avoid a hard border rather than promises made to the DUP.

At issue is the vexing problem of how to avoid border checks between British Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit enters into force on March 29.

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The Prime Minister relies on the support of the DUP's 10 MPs for her Commons majority, votes which will be crucial as she attempts to get a deal through Parliament.

Downing Street says the letter sets out the prime minister's commitment "to never accepting any circumstances in which the United Kingdom is divided into two customs territories".

"It can not be negotiated downwards".

"It must be built on to ensure our rights are protected and translated into legally operable and binding text as part of any withdrawal agreement".

Mr Varadkar said talks are at a "sensitive point" and a "successful outcome is not guaranteed but I think it is possible in the next couple of weeks".

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.

Brexit has come to the fore at today's meeting of the British Irish Council.

He said a UK-EU deal would involve "compromises, give and take on all sides" but when faced with "product on the table" in the form of an agreement backed by all 28 governments there could be a shift in attitude at Westminster.

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