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Northern Irish Kingmakers tell PM May: Do not bet the United Kingdom

LONDON (Reuters) – The Northern Irish Party Recruiting Prime Minister Theresa Mays Government on Friday threw its Brexit negotiation as…

LONDON (Reuters) – The Northern Irish Party Recruiting Prime Minister Theresa Mays Government on Friday threw its Brexit negotiation as betrayal and warned that it could not support an agreement that shared the United Kingdom.

PHILPHOTO: UK Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, UK, October 29, 201

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The warning underscores the travails that May meet to get any Brexit divorce deal, as London and Brussels say is 95 percent complete, approved by both her fractious party and by Northern Irish legislators who enforce her.

Less than five months before Britain will leave the EU on March 29, negotiators still negotiate a land border reserve plan between UK-led Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland if they fail to reach an agreement.

The Democratic Union Party (DUP) interpreted a promise made by May in a letter that she would never let a division of the United Kingdom “come into force” as an opinion that such a clause would be included in a final agreement, the times reported .

“The Prime Minister’s letter wakes alarm clocks for those who value the integrity of our valuable trade union and for those who want a proper Brexit for the whole of the UK,” said DUP leader Arlene Foster.

“From her letter, the prime minister seems to be linked to the idea of ​​a border in the Irish Sea with Northern Ireland in the EU’s internal market regulations,” said Foster.

DUP has torpedized Brexit calls before.

Almost a year ago, its refusal to renounce an agreement on the border caused the temporary breakdown of Brexit calls at a crucial stage. Negotiators later found a way to keep all pages on board.

The Brexit Agreement – or the lack of one – will shape Britain’s prosperity for future generations and have long-term consequences for the European Union’s global transfer.

Both sides need an agreement to keep trade between the world’s largest trading block and the fifth largest world economy. The other 27 members of the EU combine about five times Britain’s economic strength.

Britain’s younger Brexit minister told a German media outlet that he was optimistic that it would be a business soon.


Ever since May, formal divorce calls triggered in March 2017, negotiators fought to find a solution of 310 miles of land border on the island of Ireland.

Both sides want to avoid customs sites that certain fears could lead to the violence in Northern Ireland ending with a US peace agreement in 1998.

Discussed is a return option for the border. London claims that the whole of the United Kingdom should be in a temporary customs union with the EU, but it is unclear how long and what would happen after completing it.

The EU has insisted on an insurance – or a backstop to the backstop – a requirement for London to sign a treaty clause that could leave Northern Ireland within the EU’s customs clearance.

It is unacceptable for Mays “Unionist” breeders whose entire political ideology is based on the defense of Northern Ireland’s site within the United Kingdom.

“We will not support arrangements that leave Northern Ireland apart from the rest of the United Kingdom and linked to the EU’s customs or regulations,” Foster said in a letter published in May on Friday.

She added that any backstop could not leave Northern Ireland in line with specific sectoral EU market rules. And any backstop would need a clear expiration date.

If May can reach an agreement with the EU, she still needs to get that agreement approved by Parliament. is unclear if she has the numbers: About 320 votes in the Chamber are needed to be sure to win a vote.

FILPHOTO: DUP leader Arlene Foster talks to the media at a press conference at Stormont in Belfast, Northern Ireland, November 2, 2018. REUTERS / Clodagh Kilcoyne

Ever since her battered game at a snap election in 2017 disappeared her party is the majority in parliament, May has begun roped the DUP to reign.

MAY’s conservative party has 315 legislators. It is dependent on the 10 DUP legislators to pass the legislation.

“PM knows the consequences, she needs to rethink,” said DUP legislator Sammy Wilson.

Further reporting by Kate Holton, Kylie MacLellan and Paul Sandle, London; and Conor Humphries in Dublin; Editing Hugh Lawson and Alison Williams

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