Oh, the good old DUP. They’ve saved Brexit before, and they might well be doing it again.
The party’s ten Westminster MPs who are currently propping up the Tory government are planning to vote down the Budget later on this month if they aren’t happy with the Brexit plans.
Mrs. May relies on these votes in the House of Commons, and if she can’t strike a deal that stops barriers being made between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, then she could struggle to pass anything through Parliament at all.
The new Budget will take place on 29th October, and if the DUP vote it down, it could lead to a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister. Did someone say Prime Minister Boris Johnson?
Theresa May is set to brief ministers amidst this tension, and just before a summit takes place in Brussels next week. The EU doesn’t like her plan, the DUP doesn’t like her plan, the Tories don’t like her plan, and Labour doesn’t like her plan. Does anyone?
The Prime Minister has called a meeting of cabinet ministers to discuss the problem, which according to Ben Wright of the BBC, is an attempt to “bind ministers into Number 10’s approach.”
Unless she has something new up her sleeve, I don’t see why or how Tory ministers would get on board now if they already haven’t.
And, in order for anything to change, we’ll need to see a new deal on how to manage border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and a new plan for the divide between NI and GB. I’m not confident, are you?