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Nigel Dodds calls on Theresa May to secure 'better' Brexit deal

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said Theresa May should try to renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal deal
Digital Staff

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has said his party is ready to continue voting against the British government in Parliament and called on Prime Minister Theresa May to ditch her proposals and "work for a better deal".

Mr Dodds said the DUP's 'confidence and supply' agreement with Conservatives committed his party to pursue the shared objectives of strengthening the Union and seeking a Brexit that benefits all parts of the UK.

While the DUP had "kept to our word" on the agreement, the resignation of several Conservative ministers showed that Ms May's deal "does not represent those shared objectives", he said.

He added: "The government will require DUP support to deliver its domestic agenda. We will continue to use our influence for the good of everyone across the United Kingdom.

"If the government can look beyond a Withdrawal Agreement, which is uniting people from across the political spectrum against it, and instead work towards a better deal, then an outcome can be delivered that truly works to benefit all parts of the United Kingdom."

In another cause for concern for the PM, Ms May's Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez said Madrid will vote against the withdrawal deal at the summit on Sunday if Gibraltar's future is not considered a bilateral issue between the UK and Spain.

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In a bid to sway opinion, Ms May has insisted that her draft Brexit deal puts Northern Ireland in a "fantastic position" for the future.

In an opinion piece published in the Belfast Telegraph, the Prime Minister claimed the region's constitutional status within the UK had been guaranteed in the agreement.

Ms May acknowledged that there had been a lot of focus on the Irish border "backstop" and said she "understood and share some of the concerns that have been expressed".

But she said the backstop was an "acceptable insurance policy" due to provisions in the deal.

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