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Sunday 17th of December 2017 09:52 AM

Brexit: Theresa May under pressure to get DUP on side

Probashbangla24 Desk : Theresa May is under pressure to get an agreement from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on the status of the Irish border when the UK leaves the EU.

The prime minister pulled out of a deal with Brussels that would have kick-started trade talks after meeting fierce resistance from the DUP.

The party said it would not accept a deal which saw Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the UK.

Mrs May is due to update ministers at a cabinet meeting later.

The prime minister is under pressure to get an agreement on EU divorce issues before European leaders meet on 14 December to decide whether to give the green light to start talks on post-Brexit trade.

The three issues that need to be resolved are the Irish border, citizens’ rights and the amount of money the UK will pay as it leaves.

She will return to Brussels as early as Wednesday to try again.

Talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker broke up without agreement on Monday, although both sides said they were hopeful of getting a deal by the end of the week.

Mrs May had been expecting to make a major statement to MPs about a breakthrough in Brexit talks on Tuesday, but that has now been cancelled.

Instead, it is thought she will hold meetings with the DUP, as she attempts to get them to support her.

The DUP, which is Northern Ireland’s largest party, has 10 MPs at Westminster and their support is vital to the government.

The DUP objected to a clause in a draft agreement with the EU that would guarantee “regulatory alignment” between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is understood to have insisted on the clause to prevent the return of a “hard border” on the island of Ireland, amid concern it could undermine the 1998 peace treaty that brought an end to The Troubles.

But the DUP says it would prevent Northern Ireland from leaving the EU “on the same terms” as the rest of the UK, reports BBC.

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