December 5, 2018 / 12:31 AM / 5 days ago

Northern Irish DUP says will vote against May's Brexit deal

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

LONDON (Reuters) - The Northern Irish party propping up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government will vote against her Brexit divorce deal in a key vote in parliament next week, according to one its MPs.

The Democratic Unionist Party are unhappy with the divorce deal’s so-called backstop provision which will align Northern Ireland more closely with the European Union than the rest of the United Kingdom if no other way can be found to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.

“My party will be opposing this agreement as put forward on the basis that we believe it has left Northern Ireland in a constitutionally vulnerable position irrespective of the assurances that we have been given,” Paul Girvan told parliament in a debate on the deal.

Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Sandra Maler

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