DUP threaten to pull their support for Theresa May and spark an election if her Brexit deal is voted through – but say they WILL keep her in office if it fails, claims Rees-Mogg
- Jacob Rees-Mogg held talks with the DUP’s Westminster leader Nigel Dodds
- He said the DUP would only back May in a confidence vote if Brexit deal rejected
- Mr Rees-Mogg made the revelation to meeting of European Research Group
- Piles more pressure on the PM just six days before the crucial Brexit vote
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured in parliament) chairman of the Brexit-backing European Research Group, met with the DUP’s Westminster leader Nigel Dodds tonight and later revealed their warning to a group of Tory MPs held in parliament
The DUP have threatened to pull their support for Theresa May and send her premiership crashing down if her Brexit deal is passed next week.
The party – who are propping the Tories up in No 10 in a confidence and supply deal – are furious at the Brexit deal and demanded the PM go back to the negotiating table.
The have promised to back the PM in a confidence vote if the Brexit deal is rejected by the Commons next Tuesday.
But they have effectively warned that they will not if her Brexit deal is passed by MPs next Tuesday.
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the Brexit-backing European Research Group, met with the DUP’s Westminster leader Nigel Dodds tonight.
Mr Rees-Mogg told an ERG meeting in Parliament today: ‘The (Democratic Unionist Party) DUP will support the government in a confidence motion if the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) is voted down.
‘But the risk of losing (their support) and having an election is if the WA goes through.’
The small Northern Irish party wields an enormous amount of power in the Commons after emerging as kingmakers after the Tories lost their majority in the General Election disaster last year.
Leading DUP MPs have publicly lashed the PM’s deal repeatedly – warning it crosses their ‘blood red line’ that Northern Ireland is not treated any different to the rest of the UK.
Speaking in the Commons yesterday, Mr Dodds warned the PM that his party is happy and ready for another General Election.
He said Mrs May ‘has misjudged the mood of the country’ as he attacked the Northern Ireland backstop proposal.
He added: ‘In terms of the views of the people of Northern Ireland I’m quite happy to put it to a test any time.
Nigel Dodds (pictured in the Commons earlier this week) is furious at the Brexit deal and warned the PM that his party is happy and ready for another General Election
‘We will happily go to the electorate and put our views to the people if needs be, and I’m quite certain we would be returned in greater numbers than today.’
And he stood up in the Commons again today to blast the PM’s Brexit deal in the wake of the publication of the Attorney General’s legal advice on the backstop
Geoffrey Cox’s advice says the backstop leaves Northern Ireland treating Britain as a ‘third country’ in some cases.
Mr Dodds said the document is ‘devastating’, adding: ‘This advice concisely sets out the stark reality of the operation of the backstop.
‘Its publication demonstrates how the Prime Minister has failed to abide by the commitments she gave in that the United Kingdom as a whole would leave the European Union and that she would ensure there would be no customs or regulatory divergence within the United Kingdom.
‘This backstop is totally unacceptable to unionists throughout the United Kingdom and it must be defeated and arrangements renegotiated that uphold the commitments which the Prime Minister and her Government has made in the House of Commons.’
It comes in another day of dramatic political events as the crunch Brexit vote looms nearer.