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Brexit: DUP says issues remain over deal

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Brexit: DUP says issues remain over deal

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Image caption DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds speaks to the media outside the Cabinet Office on Friday

The Democratic Unionist Party has said there are “still issues to be discussed” with the government as Theresa May continues to try to win support for her Brexit deal.

Mrs May is expected to bring her withdrawal agreement back to the Commons next week for a third vote.

In a week of drama, MPs rejected her deal and voted to delay Brexit.

The DUP, which has twice voted against the deal, said it remained in discussions with the government.

It has been reported by the Spectator magazine that there is a “better than 50:50 chance” the party will support the deal next week.

A DUP spokesman denied reports that extra money for Northern Ireland had been part of the talks, despite the involvement of Chancellor Philip Hammond in discussions on Friday.

It has previously voted against the deal over concerns around the Northern Ireland backstop.

The 10 votes provided by the DUP, which props up the government, are thought to be key to the prime minister securing her deal.

If it fails to gain support, having already been defeated in the Commons by large margins twice, Mrs May has warned a longer extension may be needed and the UK may have to take part in European elections.

A DUP party spokesman said: “We are in discussions with the government to ensure Northern Ireland is not separated out from the rest of the United Kingdom as we leave the European Union. Contrary to some reports, we are not discussing cash.

“There are still issues to be addressed in our discussions.”

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It comes after Tory MP Nick Boles resigned from his local Conservative association after clashing with the group over Brexit.

Mr Boles, who has spoken out against leaving the EU with no deal, said a “division had opened up” between him and the local association.

Local activists had wanted to deselect him as their candidate in the next general election because of his stance on Brexit.

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47597093

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