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Monday, March 25, 2019

DUP rejects Theresa May's personal plea to support her deal

Theresa May’s hopes that she can force her withdrawal deal through parliament faded on Monday after the Democratic Unionist party leader, Arlene Foster, rejected a personal plea for support.

In a telephone call, Foster told the prime minister she would not change her party’s stance, which is to vote against the deal, if as expected it comes before the House of Commons this week. “The position remains unchanged,” a DUP source said.

Support from the DUP is critical to May’s hopes of getting parliament to approve her Brexit plan. Last week, May’s government held lengthy talks with senior MPs in the party, including Jeffrey Donaldson and Nigel Dodds.

DUP leaders have been unimpressed with the way May and her team have negotiated with the EU, and believe they will have to be closely involved if the government is to leave with a deal that keeps Northern Ireland closely aligned with Britain.

In unusually critical language, Dodds said last week: “The government has consistently settled for inferior compromises when they didn’t need to and when there was, and is, more negotiating with the EU to be done.

“Lectures by the prime minister putting the blame on others cannot disguise the responsibility her government bears for the current debacle.”

One party figure told the Guardian: “We have been astonished by the government’s inability to negotiate.”

DUP figures are already turning their thoughts to the next confidence and supply agreement, which will be raised by the party over the next two months. May’s government is highly dependent on the 10 votes of the DUP.

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