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Lady Sylvia Hermon to consider backing Theresa May's Brexit deal

North Down MP Lady Sylvia Hermon. Picture by Cliff Donaldson

NORTHERN Ireland's sole independent MP Lady Sylvia Hermon has said she is considering voting for the EU withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons.

However, the North Down MP said she would need "personal assurances" from British prime minister Theresa May before doing so so – and she is "in discussions" about setting up a meeting.

With the DUP vowing to vote down the Brexit deal and abstentionist Sinn Féin MPs not taking their seats, Lady Hermon could be the north's only MP voting in parliament to support Mrs May's plan.

She told BBC Radio Ulster's Inside Politics programme she is "not happy with everything" in the deal, but said having no deal would be worse for unionism.

The former Ulster Unionist voted Remain in the Brexit referendum, but said there was not enough parliamentary time left to strike a new deal or hold a second referendum.

"There are things I need clarification from the prime minister herself. I need her to look me in the face and say 'don't be worried about that' or 'I can guarantee this'," she said.

"I need assurances from the prime minister before I will finally give my vote to this particular deal.

"However, I would be very surprised if I were ever to find myself on the same page as Sammy Wilson and Jacob Rees-Mogg."

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