The DUP will continue to keep Theresa May’s government up and running – but probably only if her deal is rejected by Parliament.
This extraordinary development comes following a meeting of the Tory Brexiteer MPs, with Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker having met with the DUP’s main man in Westminster, Nigel Dodds.
It has been announced that the DUP would back the government in a confidence vote – but only if May’s deal is voted down. If it passes, the DUP could withdraw their support meaning the government could collapse completely.
Jacob Rees Mogg has just told ERG meeting that DUP has told him in turn, they’d back the govt in a confidence vote if May’s compromise has been rejected by MPs – if not… bets are off
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) December 5, 2018
.@NigelDoddsDUP tells Tory Brexiters DUP support for government is dependent on @Theresa_may LOSING vote on her Brexit plan next week. So given that DUP sustains her in office, can she really press ahead with vote? Doesn’t she now have to try to alter Brexit deal? pic.twitter.com/dh3s96fQRD
— Robert Peston (@Peston) December 5, 2018
The DUP were absolutely furious with the further revelations revealed in the government’s legal advice today on the proposed Brexit deal, with Nigel Dodds saying: “The events of recent days have exposed the Government.
“How can they possibly recommend such a bad deal to Parliament and the people of the United Kingdom?”
Theresa May’s deal looks doomed. How long before a new Prime Minister is in place?