The Northern Ireland Party, the DUP, are working with supporters of Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees Mogg to help fire the shots to a leadership contest within the Tory Party. They are ready to vote against the budget over Theresa May’s Brexit deal if it crosses their red lines.
And the likelihood of that drew closer today as Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, warned there WILL have to be checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
The DUP has 10 MP’s in parliament and they hold the key to propping up Theresa May’s ailing government. Losing the DUP’s support in the Commons would mean possible defeat on the budget and a no-confidence vote.
A Spokesperson for the DUP said: “The Government is well aware of our position on this issue. Our position hasn’t changed and we don’t expect the Government will change its position.”
Boris Johnson has also launched attack after attack by stating that under the current Brexit plans the UK will be left merely as a colony of the EU.
The Prime Minister has urged MPs across the Commons to act in the national interest and back a Brexit deal amid warnings that “decisive” progress is needed in the negotiations before a crunch Brussels summit next week. This is being seen as an attempt to reach out to Labour MP’s to help get the legislation put through.
Downing Street maintains that any defeat on the budget would not amount to a vote of no confidence in the Government under the terms of the legislation which provides for fixed-term, five-year parliaments. A Spokesperson said: “The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act sets out the circumstances for a confidence vote.”
Project Fear is also starting to heat up again when the UK government boldly asserted that it expects 5,000 City jobs to move overseas before Day One of Brexit. This comes even though nearly all financial predictions about Brexit have been proven to be totally inaccurate.