Theresa May hopes of getting the DUP to back her Brexit deal hit again after party ignore her latest charm offensive

THERESA’s May’s hopes of winning the crucial support of her DUP allies for her Brexit deal were dashed last night after they rebuffed her latest charm offensive.

The PM invited the Northern Ireland party’s Westminster boys Nigel Dodds and other senior figures for lunch in No10 yesteday.

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The backing of the DUP’s 10 MPs could prove decisive for May in getting her contentious Withdrawal Agreement approved[/caption]

But its deputy leader Nigel Dodds declared afterwards that his party’s “principled objections” remain to the contentious Irish backstop plan.

He said they would work with the Government to secure legal assurances that any backstop would be temporary.

But he accused the Irish and the rest of the EU of peddling “nonsense propaganda” for insisting it was essential to stopping a hard border.

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Mr Dodds said he would work with the Government to secure legal assurances that any backstop would be temporary[/caption]

He added: “No one wants a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Indeed, it’s becoming clearer by the day no one is ever going to construct such a border.”

The backing of the DUP’s ten MPs could prove decisive for Mrs May’s chances in the key Brexit vote due in ten days.



 

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