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DUP 'unable' to support May's deal because of 'toxic' Irish backstop

15 January 2019 10:24
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Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster branded the Irish border backstop "toxic" and said her party's 10 MPs would vote against the Withdrawal Agreement.

Mrs Foster said on Twitter: "Tonight will be historic but for the wrong reasons. We will oppose the toxic backstop & vote against the WA.

"It's time for a sensible deal which governs our exit from the EU & supports all parts of the UK."

The DUP's Westminster leader Nigel Dodds says he still cannot support the withdrawal agreement.

He said: "It doesn't deliver our view and it doesn't safeguard the Union because of the problems with the so-called Irish backstop.

"As things stand we couldn't support Theresa May's deal and I think therefore it will be defeated."


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