One of the senior members of the DUP has said that there is “no way” that his party will support the Brexit deal of Theresa May because of concerns over the backstop agreement.
The Brexit spokesperson for the DUP, Sammy Wilson, said that he was “more alarmed” than ever regarding the impact that the deal would have on Northern Ireland.
In an interview with the BBC’s Today programme, Wilson stated: “It’s not just because of the regulations which Northern Ireland would be subject to with the backstop, but also the fact we would have to treat the rest of the United Kingdom as a third country, we would not participate in any trade deals which the United Kingdom may enter into in the future and we would find that there would be a border down the Irish Sea which would impede trade with our biggest trading partner, namely GB.”
He added that people in Northern Ireland should be “totally relaxed” over the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.
His comments are the most recent blow for PM May, who has been meeting with the members of the DUP in an attempt to whip up support for her Brexit deal.
Yesterday, Nigel Dodds, the deputy leader of the DUP, criticised the proposed withdrawal agreement. He said that his party still has “principled objections.”
The DUP props up the government of PM May in parliament. It has raised concerns regarding the so-called backstop agreement, worrying that it could result in a harder border in the Irish Sea.
In a discussion with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, yesterday, Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime Minister, said that the border issue is the only “red line” that his country has in the Brexit negotiations.
May is seeking some clarifications from the European Union about whether a backstop arrangement would be permanent if ever it came into force, however, the European Union has insisted that the negotiations will not be reopened.
The parliament is scheduled to vote on the Brexit deal of PM May in the week starting the 14th of January.