Boris Johnson, the former foreign minister of the United Kingdom who has stepped down from his position after PM May revealed her Brexit plans, has called on the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to continue to support the Conservative government. The DUP props up the government of Theresa May, the British Prime Minister.
During a speech as a guest at the conference of the Northern Irish party that was held yesterday, Johnson warned that ending their support could end up in a Labour government that is led by Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party.
According to the Financial Times, Johnson stated: “To our allies in the DUP I hope that you agree that it is absolutely vital that we keep this partnership going and that we are not so complacent as to abandon the government of this country to a man whose avowed policy is to break up this country.”
The DUP supports the government through a confidence and supply deal. It has made it clear that it will reject the Brexit agreement of PM May over worries regarding the Irish backstop deal.
The backstop is designed to prevent a border on the island of Ireland once a no trade agreement is reached, however, it could see Northern Ireland temporarily remain in the customs union of the European Union after the United Kingdom exits in March next year, something that is vehemently opposed by the DUP.
Johnson also utilised his speech to reject the backstop. He said that it would see the United Kingdom become a “satellite state” of the European Union.
His comments come after Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, recommended that the member states of the European Union approve the withdrawal agreement of PM May at a summit in Brussels that is scheduled today.