October 17, 2019 / 11:45 AM / a month ago

Former Conservative leader Duncan Smith reserves judgment on Brexit deal

Ian Duncan Smith is seen outside the venue for the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester, Britain October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Pro-Brexit former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith said he was reserving judgment on the last-minute deal struck by Britain and the European Union on Thursday until he understood why Northern Ireland’s DUP opposed it.

“There are some issues I have already spotted in the political declaration,” he said. “I am reserving my position on this.

“There are some issues, for example if the DUP aren’t backing it - what’s their reasons for not backing it,” he said, adding that questions remained about the concept of consent.

Reporting by Kate Holton and Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison

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