Brexit: Thirty Labour rebels prepared to defy Corbyn and back Chequers deal

Lester Mason
October 10, 2018

The DUP is growing alarmed because it fears Downing St is edging towards a deal with the European Union that may lead to additional regulatory checks on goods travelling between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Some Brexiteers say those proposals would ensure the EU kept control over swathes of the British economy and thus run counter to the spirit of her manifesto pledge to leave the EU Customs Union and the Single Market.

"But remember, that's checks on live animals, that's the only checks that we now have".

The DUP is prepared to vote against Theresa May's Conservative Government on the budget should their red line on Brexit be breached, Sky News has reported.

The backbenchers are mulling the decision to rebel against their own party should the Prime Minister clinch a deal with Brussels, rather than see the country suffer the economic impact of withdrawing without an agreement.

One DUP source told Newsnight: "If we are not happy with what happens next week [in Brussels] we won't be bounced into anything".

The Times said a group of between 30 to 40 Labour lawmakers could defy their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and vote for a deal that May hopes to bring back by the end of the year.

Mrs May has accepted a dinner speech in Brussels next Wednesday evening, where she will address 27 European Union leaders before they start a new round of Brexit talks.

"There cannot be barriers to trade in the United Kingdom internal market which would damage the economic well-being of Northern Ireland and therefore we could not support any arrangements which would give rise to either customs or regulatory barriers within the United Kingdom internal market".

The DUP was concerned after Mr Barnier reportedly told the party in Brussels this week that Great Britain is entitled to sign a traditional free trade deal with the EU.

Davis told HuffPost UK last month that a "rock solid core" of 40 MPs was ready to vote against their government on Brexit.

Following the Salzburg summit, Prime Minister Mrs May said: "I am negotiating hard in the interest of the British people". Mel Stride, the financial secretary to the Treasury, insisted that there has been no change in government policy.

Mr Tusk has said the Chequers proposals for dealing with the Irish border and trade relations after Brexit must be "reworked and further negotiated".

Foster has said that is part of her "blood red lines" over Brexit.

"It's not just a case of regulations between Northern Ireland and GB, it's also between GB and Northern Ireland".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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