Arlene Foster, the leader of the DUP, has asked Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, whether she will “roll over” for the European Union over Brexit. She appears to pile in more pressure onto the British Prime Minister as she attempts to seek for changes to her withdrawal agreement in Brussels.
In a tweet, Foster stated: “The Prime Minister has promised to get legally binding changes. The reaction by the EU is unsurprising. They are doing what they always do. The key question is whether the PM will stand up to them or whether she will roll over as has happened previously.”
She added: “This is a difficulty of the Prime Minister’s own making. A deal was signed off which the Prime Minister should have known would not gain the support of Parliament.”
She continued: “If the Prime Minister had listened to our warnings and stood by her public commitments, we would not be in this situation.”
The comments of Foster come as PM May looks to drum up support for the changes to her EU withdrawal bill in Brussels during the Brexit summit that was held today.
However, from the comments of EU leaders, it appears that there is little room for renegotiation, as the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, warned earlier this week.
This morning, May seemed to confront Juncker during the summit in a moment that was caught on the official video feed, even though no audio was available.
A diplomatic note that was leaked to the BBC said that the demands of May on the Irish backstop “were not really clear” and that among the leaders of the European Union that there was “no support” for any statement of intent to further look into the issue.
Earlier this week, May delayed a vote on her widely unpopular Brexit deal pledging a January vote instead as she attempts to buy more time to secure the changes to the unpopular Irish backstop clause.
That would tie the United Kingdom in a temporary customs union with the European Union to avoid a hard border in Ireland, however, the United Kingdom cannot quit the arrangement on its own accord, resulting to the concerns of the hard Brexiters and the DUP that Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom as a whole would be indefinitely forced to remain part of the European Union.