Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

DUP to back Theresa May over Brexit amendments

"It's more than just about party unity, this is about the national interest".

The Democratic Unionist Party has said it will be supporting the government in a series of crucial Brexit votes over the next two days at Westminster.

The Brexit supporter told LBC radio on Monday that he would not expect people like pro-Remain MP Ken Clarke, who have "strong principles", to change their minds.

Alex Sobel, a Labour MP and champion of the anti-Brexit Best for Britain campaign, said the "analogy is just plain nasty". He should be ashamed.

Senior backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg said he expected there would be enough unity in Conservative ranks to see the Bill through. "This is no way to run a country".

Speaking to a packed meeting of Tory MPs - including Chancellor Philip Hammond, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Environment Secretary Michael Gove - May said: "We must think about the message Parliament will send to the European Union this week".

The United Kingdom is now part of the European Union single market but if London leaves it after Brexit, Britain will have to negotiate new trade deals with its partners, including the United States.

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Parliament will also debate other amendments handed down by the House of Lords, including a challenge to the government's plan to put March 29, 2019, or "Brexit Day", into law and an attempt to toughen a commitment to ensure a frictionless border between Northern Ireland and the neighbouring Irish Republic, which will remain in the EU.

"But if the Lords amendments are allowed to stand, that negotiating position will be undermined".

But they face a revolt by pro-EU Tory MPs determined to retain as numerous changes as possible in the legislation.

Addressing a meeting of the backbench 1922 committee yesterday evening, the Prime Minister told MPs to consider the signal that would be sent to Brussels if the government was defeated, and
asked potential rebels not to undermine her negotiating position.

Passing the withdrawal bill would be a "turning point" in the Brexit process, he told the BBC's Sunday Politics, as it would be the basis for a "smooth transition" after the United Kingdom leaves.

'They want us to deliver on Brexit and build a brighter future for Britain as we take back control of our money, our laws and our borders'.

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