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Northern Irish party threatens to topple Theresa May's United Kingdom government

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Russell Knight | 12 October, 2018, 05:54

The prime minister summoned members of the Brexit "war cabinet" on Thursday to build support for the terms of the withdrawal agreement before seeking the backing of her full cabinet and the rest of her party. However, the British government would be able to point to criteria under which the arrangement would be terminated, fulfilling the British desire for it to appear to be a temporary arrangement.

Cabinet ministers briefed on the Brexit talks said the issue of the Irish backstop was close to being settled, the FT said.

Selmayr, secretary general of the European Commission, has been tasked with coordinating preparedness to protect the EU from economic and political damage if Britain leaves the bloc on March 29 next year without a divorce deal in place.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Wednesday (10 October) that the withdrawal agreement between the EU and United Kingdom is "within reach" if London agrees to keep either Northern Ireland or the entire United Kingdom in the bloc's customs union before a separate deal on future relations is reached.

Instead she proposed Britain as a whole stay temporarily aligned with the EU's customs union until a wider trade deal is agreed. Michael Russell will be there representing the Scottish Government and is expected to once again sound the alarm about the damage to Scotland's economy a hard or no-deal Brexit would do. "That was the case on Monday and it remains the case today", the prime minister's official spokesman said.

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He referred further questions to Barnier, who was due to make a speech to European business leaders later in the day.

It quoted one official close to the talks as saying Theresa May never brings the cabinet together to tell them recent developments and so "it feels to me like the deal is practically done".

Arlene Foster's party have threatened to vote down the upcoming Budget if Mrs May pushes on with plans to accept a number of regulatory checks between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

Northern Ireland would also remain in the single market for goods.

Speaking to Sky News in his constituency of Larne on Northern Ireland's east coast, Mr Wilson said that the DUP were not going to be "bullied" or "bribed" into supporting a deal that could see Northern Ireland effectively kept in the single market or customs union. They suggested that senior ministers including David Lidington, May's de facto deputy, Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley and chief whip Julian Smith would try to find a solution to the DUP's demands.

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