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May to hold Brexit War Cabinet to agree backstop plan

May to hold Brexit War Cabinet to agree backstop plan

It's reported the party fears being "sold out" in the Brexit talks and could vote against the budget triggering the possibility of bringing down the government, forcing a General Election.

Commenting on the Irish backstop, Barnier said the EU's plan to keep Northern Ireland in the Single Market and customs union would help keep the border invisible - a goal of both sets of negotiators.

In Northern Ireland, 86 per cent of Leave voters believe Scottish independence would be acceptable if meant securing the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

The party's Brexit spokesman, Sammy Wilson, wrote on Thursday morning that the United Kingdom government is treating the pro-union DUP like a "soft touch who can be pushed around" over the thorny issue of the Irish border.

He added: "If they (the government) decide to cave in to the unreasonable and unnecessary demands which are being promoted by Brussels, then we will have to consider whether or not they have kept their side of the bargain". 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.

The European Union is doing all it can to ensure checks on goods moving across Northern Ireland's borders would be made "in the least intrusive way possible", for example on ferries, at ports or in factories of origin, he said. "Michel Barnier and his team are working day and night to reach a deal, but we are not there yet", he said.

Speaking about the agriculture bill vote, Mr Wilson told BBC News: "It was a way of reminding the government that while our vote wasn't important last night, it would be important some time in the future, and we would have no hesitation withholding it if we thought that was a necessary sanction to impose".

Eurosceptic Tories claim dozens of Conservatives are also prepared to vote against a Chequers-style deal. "I understand this is politically sensitive, but Brexit is not our [the EU's] choice", Barnier said yesterday.

However, the DUP has advocated a clean Brexit and earlier this month party leader Arlene Foster said they could support Boris Johnson as the next Prime Minister.

Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington is also due to hold Brexit meetings with figures from the UK's devolved administrations on Thursday.

Mr Barnier said there were several areas of agreement with Mrs May's plans, published in a White Paper in July.

The comments appeared to pour cold water on upbeat assessments on the prospects of a deal made by senior European Union figures over recent days.

The 27 European Union states will get an update on the negotiations at a meeting of national ambassadors, without Britain, on Friday evening.

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