Theresa May verging closer to Brexit deal but is facing cabinet resignations

Michel Barnier

Michel Barnier

The DUP are also threatening to withdraw their support from May's government with one source telling Politico "right now, Labour's position is better for us than May's".

Meanwhile, the DUP warned that British Prime Minster Theresa May knows the consequences if she walks away from her Brexit promise to unionists.

Earlier, the EU's Brexit negotiator said he had a "constructive meeting" in Poland over Brexit.

The Prime Minister reportedly asked senior ministers in her "Brexit war cabinet" on Thursday to agree to a proposal to keep Britain inside a customs union with the EU, if she fails to agree any alternative arrangements before the end of the two year Brexit transition period.

Sammy Wilson said: "It was a way of reminding the government that while our vote wasn't important last night, it would be important some time in the future and we would have no hesitation withholding it if we thought that was a necessary sanction to impose".

First, the EU will never give a blanket pledge to deliver an end-state to the United Kingdom as beneficial as being in customs union without United Kingdom adhering to all the conditions of customs-union membership (the ones May and her government spurn, like a ban on doing free trade deals with other countries).

Cabinet big-hitters including foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, environment secretary Michael Gove and trade secretary Liam Fox are said to be ready to quit over the row.

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It said it was working hard to mitigate risks in these areas in case of a no-deal.

With less than six months to go until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, its most momentous shift in foreign and trade policy for over four decades, May is seeking to rally support at home on the details of a divorce deal though it is unclear if she can win parliamentary approval.

In addition, Northern Ireland would remain under large parts of single market regulations, requiring enhanced checks on products arriving from Britain, particularly agricultural goods.

Theresa May's week has been hellish, but next week could be even worse.

The DUP are holding a meeting in Portadown on Friday for party MLAs and MPs to discuss the Brexit negotiations.

"The prime minister is a unionist".

Downing Street also announced a further 29 no-deal notices would be published on Friday afternoon, setting out what businesses and consumers should do in the event of there being no agreement by 29 March 2019.

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