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DUP Leader Reiterates Party's Intention to Vote Against Brexit Deal on Tuesday

© REUTERS / Clodagh KilcoyneBanners are displayed during a protest by Anti-Brexit campaigners, Borders Against Brexit, against Britain's vote to leave the European Union, at the border town of Carrickcarnon in Ireland October 8, 2016.
Banners are displayed during a protest by Anti-Brexit campaigners, Borders Against Brexit, against Britain's vote to leave the European Union, at the border town of Carrickcarnon in Ireland October 8, 2016. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), linked to the ruling Conservative Party by a supply and confidence agreement, will vote against the withdrawal deal over its "toxic backstop" on Northern Ireland later on Tuesday, the party's leader Arlene Foster said.

"Tonight will be historic but for the wrong reasons. We will oppose the toxic backstop & vote against the WA. It’s time for a sensible deal which governs our exit from the EU & supports all parts of the UK", Foster said on Twitter.

The House of Commons is set to vote on the withdrawal agreement and political declaration on the future relationship later on Tuesday, but a number of Conservative lawmakers have voiced concerns, similar to those of the DUP, and Labour is generally expected to oppose the agreement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and British Prime Minister Theresa May wait for the beginning of the plenary session of the informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. - Sputnik International
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The DUP has repeatedly denounced the deal, in particular, over the backstop that aims to prevent hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This safety net solution, proposed by the European Union would keep the entire United Kingdom part of the customs union with the bloc, while Northern Ireland would remain aligned to some of the EU single market rules.

This could lead to checks on goods coming to Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom.

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If the deal fails to make it through Commons, Prime Minister Theresa May will have to submit an alternative solution to the parliament within three days. The amendment setting this deadline was voted through last week by 308 votes against 297, with several Conservative lawmakers slamming Speaker John Berkow for allowing the vote to go on.

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