Tuesday 23 April 2019

DUP issues its final demands to get May's deal over line

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Laura Larkin and Claire Fox

The DUP is locked in negotiations this weekend as beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May seeks to win its support for her deal to leave the EU.

Party members met with UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond yesterday, fuelling speculation the DUP will seek more funding for Northern Ireland in order to secure its support.

Getting the DUP on board with the deal is seen as key in unlocking support from the majority of the Eurosceptic Tory grouping the ERG.

The party's deputy leader, Nigel Dodds, said talks have been "good" and said the party wants to secure a deal that works for all parts of the UK.

Mrs May's deal could go back for a third meaningful vote before the House of Commons early next week.

Talks between the DUP and Mr Hammond came on the same day EU Agricultural Commissioner Phil Hogan told Irish farmers to stay calm and accused the British government of a "political stunt" over its no-deal tariff statement.

"Solidarity behind Ireland remains rock solid, steadfast, and unwavering," he said.

Irish Independent

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