BORIS Johnson has been dealt a Brexit blow ahead of crunch Brussels talks after the DUP refused to back his deal.
The PM was hoping to have leader Arlene Foster’s support but she today issued a statement saying she can’t back the plan “as it stands”.
Ms Foster and her deputy, Nigel Dodds, have released a joint statement hours before the summit was due to begin today, highlighting three major obstacles.
“As things stand, we could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues, and there is a lack of clarity on VAT,” they said.
“We will continue to work with the Government to try and get a sensible deal that works for Northern Ireland and protects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom.”
Mr Johnson has been in close and continued contact with the pair as he tries to shore up their support ahead of Saturday’s key deadline to prevent a delay to Brexit.
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