British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that a draft withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU has been backed by the UK cabinet.
The Democratic Unionist Party—the Northern Ireland party holding up the Conservative government of British Prime Minister, Theresa May—has joined with opposition parties in criticizing anticipated arrangements that will form part of a Brexit draft agreement between the UK and EU announced on Wednesday.
On Wednesday evening in London, Prime Minister May issued a brief statement in which she confirmed the cabinet had given backing to the draft agreement after five hours of negotiations.
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May declared it a "decisive step" in the road toward Brexit but conservative backers of Brexit are already criticizing what the agreement is thought to contain. The full 585 pages of the agreement were published here.
The border in Northern Ireland is thought to remain a point of argument within the draft with Tory MPs claiming it could result in the UK remaining tied to the EU for several more years.
'We'll be asking the Prime Minister is there a difference between us and the rest of the United Kingdom' says DUP leader Arlene Foster.November 14, 2018
The DUP has also voiced their opposition as a result of the potential border provision. Leader Arlene Foster has stated that she "would not be led by the Irish government" about the text after the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar) said the agreement would not negatively impact the integrity of the UK.
The current text states that a single customs territory shall be established which will keep the UK as a whole aligned with the EU customs border for a limited time, a backstop with is hoped to avoid the return of a "hard" border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
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