The DUP’s potentially critical support for Theresa May’s deal is going to be reliant on them having a big role in the negotiations moving forward.
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May needs the support of the 10 DUP MPs to have any chance of getting her deal through, especially as it would likely reassure Tory Brexiteer MPs on the backstop sufficiently, allowing them to back the deal as well. Jacob Rees-Mogg is one example of an influential figure who reportedly would back the deal if the DUP did so.
Today The Sunday Telegraph report that negotiations between the DUP and Theresa May have focused on two big demands.
Firstly, that Northern Ireland won’t be treated any differently to the rest of the UK when it comes to the Single Market and Customs Union.
Secondly, that DUP MPs would have a serious role with the UK negotiating side moving forward as the future relationship is negotiated with the European Union.
The DUP’s Westminster Leader Nigel Dodds has said: “We are determined that Brexit should happen in accordance with the referendum result but the only way it can happen which is acceptable to us is if the United Kingdom is treated as one.
“The government is now focused on this key issue but political statements or pledges are not enough.”
Much now hinges on the DUP. If they stand firm, the deal is highly unlikely to get through.