Theresa May accused of “total betrayal” over plans to accept a Northern Ireland-only backstop in the Brexit deal.
The Democratic Unionist Party which props up the fragile and divided Conservative government is furious after receiving a letter from May which that refused to rule out a backstop for Northern Ireland alone.
The DUP hates the Northern Ireland-only backstop as it would create an array of new checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
DUP leader Arlene Foster said May’s letter “raises alarm bells for those who value the integrity of our precious Union.”
May will meet with European leaders today as Brexit talks approach a conclusion.
LONDON — Theresa May has been accused of “total betrayal” after she revealed that she is likely to give into EU demands for a Northern Ireland-only “backstop” that could risk a post-Brexit border in the Irish sea.
Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster told The Times that a letter she received from May this week about the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement “raises alarm bells for those who value the integrity of our precious Union.”
“It appears the prime minister is wedded to the idea of a border down the Irish Sea with Northern Ireland in the EU single market regulatory regime,” Foster, who leads the DUP’s 10 MPs in Westminster, added.
Sammy Wilson, the DUP’s Brexit spokesperson, accused May of “total betrayal” and ditching the “promises she made” to the party, which has already threatened to withdraw its support for the embattled prime minister.
In a letter to the DUP sent this week, May said the EU was insisting that a backstop which keeps Northern Ireland wedded to the single market and customs union is included in the deal currently being negotiated in Brussels.
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