While it’s not exactly noted for its informed political reporting, there seems to be some substance behind the claim by The Sun newspaper in Britain that Prime Minister Theresa May’s surprisingly hardline actions at the recent Salzburg summit of European Union leaders was forced upon her by her parliamentary partners in London, the Democratic Unionist Party. Locked into a backdoor coalition with the otherwise pariah grouping, the premier’s hope of offering a compromise deal to the EU on the issue of the border around the disputed British territory in the north-eastern corner of Ireland was allegedly squashed following a furious response by the DUP’s leadership at Westminster and in Belfast.
A BITTER row with the DUP left Theresa May unable to deliver any progress to EU leaders on Brexit talks – prompting them to reject her Chequers plan.
Ministers are in secret negotiations with the Ulster unionist party over a new bid by the PM to break the negotiations deadlock, The Sun has learned.
Mrs May wants to establish a different system of rules for goods in Northern Ireland than Great Britain as the missing part of a backstop plan to ensure the Irish border remains open.
But DUP leaders are refusing to agree the move, which they argue would split up the United Kingdom.
The PM’s failure to deliver the final part of the Northern Ireland backstop to EU leaders at a summit in Salzburg lead them to lash out at her and kill her Chequers plan, Brussels sources have claimed.
If the British press reporting is accurate, then for the second or third time in the last twelve months the future of Europe has been imperilled by an inept United Kingdom government reliant on a tiny far-right party and its militant allies in a toxic outpost of the UK’s former empire to stay in power.