DUP ‘could vote against the Budget’ over Brexit deal


The Representative Unionist Party’s 10 Westminster MPs are planning to vote down the Budget up to the minuter this month if they are unhappy about the government’s Brexit map outs, the BBC understands.

Theresa May relies on DUP support in key votes because she does not fool a majority in the House of Commons.

But the DUP could abandon this deal if Brexit expresses new barriers between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, Newsnight’s Make off with Watt said.

The Budget takes place on 29 October.

If the DUP voted against it the direction would face possible defeat, which could lead to a no-confidence elector.

Earlier it abstained — rather than backing the government — in a vote on the Agriculture Charge in what a DUP source said was a «warning shot».

The UK and the EU have yet to strike a grapple with on how Brexit will work, with less than six months to go before the UK liberties on 29 March.

One of the key things they have not yet agreed is how to prevent there being new binding checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which is a colleague of the EU.

There have been warnings that a new «hard border» make damage businesses and undermine peace in Northern Ireland.

The DUP has dismissed the notices about the peace process. It says it will not tolerate the EU’s suggestion of Northern Ireland deferring in line with EU customs rules to enable trade to flow candidly across the border.

Mrs May has also rejected this proposal, saying it liking undermine the integrity of the UK.

Visiting the European Parliament, DUP leader Arlene Cultivate refused to say whether her MPs would vote against the Budget after being implored several times by reporters.

She reiterated that she would not accept any new obstructions to trade going in either direction between Northern Ireland and the take a nap of the UK.

Barnier sets out EU’s plan

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, meantime, said there would have to be new checks on goods travelling between the EU and the UK because of the UK’s decisiveness to leave the EU’s single market and customs union.

The EU and UK have agreed that these restricts «cannot be performed at the border» and the EU proposes to carry them out «in the least prying way possible», he said.

«Both the EU and UK exclude having a physical border on the isle of Ireland,» he said.

«Therefore, what will arrive into Northern Ireland order also be arriving in our single market.

«There will be administrative progresses that do not exist today for goods travelling to Northern Ireland from the holiday of the UK. Our challenge is to make sure those procedures are as easy as possible and not too worrying, in particular for smaller businesses.

«I understand why such procedures are politically susceptible but… Brexit was not our choice, it is the choice of the UK. Our proposal tries to help the UK in administering the negative fallout of Brexit in Northern Ireland in a way that respects the territorial trustworthiness of the UK.»

He said that under the EU’s proposed «backstop» to prevent a hard border, crowds in the rest of the UK sending goods to Northern Ireland would fill out dues declarations online in advance.

«The only visible systematic checks between Northern Ireland and the sleep of the UK would involve scanning the bar codes on lorries and containers, which could be done on ferries and at transfer ports,» he said.

While regulatory checks on industrial goods could be done at visitors premises, checks on live animals and animal products had to happen at the edging, he said, which would mean a «significant increase in terms of clamber up» to existing checks.

DUP ‘won’t be bounced’

Newsnight political editor Nick Watt

Waste a budget vote has traditionally been seen as a withdrawal of confidence in the control. One former Tory cabinet minister told Newsnight: «The DUP should be clothing the fear of God into Downing St.»

The DUP is growing alarmed because it fears Downing St is tense towards a deal with the EU that may lead to additional regulatory substantiates on goods travelling between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief intercessor, has called for such checks to avoid creating a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. This force be achieved by aligning Northern Ireland with the rules of the single store.

The prime minister has strongly rejected the Barnier plan. But senior DUP well-springs fear that Downing Street may agree to some form of regulatory corresponds.

One DUP source told Newsnight: «If we are not happy with what happens next week [in Brussels] we won’t be bounced into anything. If she doesn’t take our concerns on board, we will proceeds the view that Theresa May is not the leader to take us through to a safe Brexit.»

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On Twitter former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, one of the unrivalled critics of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, responded to reports of a new «backstop» line-up being negotiated between the UK and the EU.

It would make the UK «a permanent EU colony» with «no title to escape» from the EU’s single market and customs union, he claimed.

But Mel Stride, the monetary secretary to the Treasury, told the BBC the government had a «very strong position» that there purpose be «no border down the Irish Sea».

He predicted the UK was heading for a deal with the EU and transfer be keeping the DUP «on board».

«There is no difference between our position on the substantive originate,» he added.

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