November 24, 2018 / 7:27 PM / 15 days ago

DUP says will vote against Brexit deal unless backstop removed

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster speaks, at the DUP annual party conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland November 24, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The leader of the small Northern Irish party propping up Prime Minister Theresa May’s British government said it will vote against her Brexit divorce deal unless the so-called Irish backstop is removed.

“Yes, we will vote against this withdrawal agreement if it is brought to parliament,” Arlene Foster told national Irish broadcaster RTE when asked if her party would oppose May unless she scrapped the insurance policy in the agreement that aims to keep the border on the island of Ireland open in all scenarios.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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