Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
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DUP abstain from key votes sending Brexit warning to Theresa May

DUP abstain from key votes sending Brexit warning to Theresa May

Mrs May's Conservative Party relies on the DUP's 10 MPs for a Commons majority and they have agreed to back her government on the budget, finance bills and money bills.

Ed Vaizey, Conservative MP for Wantage and Didcot, has pledged to back the Prime Minister should any vote of no confidence arise and is supporting the proposed agreement as a better choice than leaving without a deal.

In a series of meetings with the Prime Minister this week, the Cabinet rebels put forward amendments to make the controversial divorce deal more palatable to Leave supporters, according to BuzzFeed News.

France, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, and Portugal are reportedly among member states dissatisfied with the withdrawal agreement's promises on fishing rights, and the potential for their continued access to the UK's waters.

CBI president John Allan said such a Brexit would be a "wrecking ball" for Britain's economy while CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn said politicians were playing a high-stakes game that could lead to an accidental, no-deal departure.

"The prime minister is trying to take us into a blindfold Brexit, a deal created to get her through to the next stage of the process without anyone being able to see where we're heading", he said. "You've got to understand why people voted and negotiate the best deal you can".

Downing Street insiders noted that earlier on Tuesday, the DUP's Brexit spokesman, Sammy Wilson, had said in television interviews that the party was continuing to honour the arrangement because despite "having sent a message to the prime minister", the party wanted "to continue to work with the current government to see if the deal can be changed".

One pro European Union minister told The Times: 'We have made compromises to hold the government together but the hard Brexiteers can only push us so far before we go to war.

Barnier wouldn't give a specific end-date for the extension.

"We have in view a deal that will work for the United Kingdom and, let no one be in any doubt, I am determined to deliver it", May said in a speech to UK's premier business lobby, the CBI, to loud applause.

"It will no longer be the case that European Union nationals, regardless of the skills or experience they have to offer, can jump the queue ahead of engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi", said Mrs May in her speech.

But as well as pro-EU lawmakers, she is struggling to convince many pro-Brexit lawmakers in her own party and the Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which props up her government in parliament. But some are unhappy with the immigration plans, which have yet to be revealed in detail.

"Instead of a system based on where a person is from, we will have one that is built around the talents and skills a person has to offer", she said, adding that the core of the post-Brexit immigration system will be "skills based" rather than "quota based".

"And let no one be in any doubt - I am determined to deliver it", she said.

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