BREXIT LIVE: Deal DEAD on eve of EU summit as DUP says it WILL vote against Theresa May

Posted on Nov 25 2018 - 6:58pm by admin

Arlene Foster and Theresa May

Arlene Foster has said the DUP will vote against Theresa May’ Brexit deal (Image: GETTY)

The Northern Irish party’s 10 Westminster MPs have been reluctant to vote with the Tories since the terms of the draft deal emerged and scrapping the confidence and supply agreement which props up Mrs May’s Government could have a huge impact on her leadership.

Ms Foster confirmed they will oppose Mrs May unless the so-called Irish backstop is removed from the draft agreement which is set to be ratified by EU leaders in Brussels.

She told RTE: “Yes, we will vote against this withdrawal agreement if it is brought to parliament.”

It remains unclear if the DUP decision will mean certain defeat for Mrs May when the deal goes before MPs for a ‘meaningful vote’ with dozens of members of her own party indicating they will not support the deal and Labour also vowing  to vote it down.

Ms Foster had earlier told the DUP’s annual conference in Belfast the constitutional implications for the draft EU deal “cannot be ignored”.

She said: “The Democratic Unionist Party has never been afraid to say yes when it is right to do so, nor to say no when required.

“We do not stand alone on these issues, with a large number of Conservatives – both those who voted leave and remain – not persuaded. Even Jeremy Corbyn isn’t buying the sea border.

“This party wants to see a negotiated and orderly withdrawal from the European Union – that has always been our position.

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“We are not campaigning for a no-deal exit nor do we want barriers to trade between Northern Ireland and our neighbours in the Republic.

“The choice is not between this deal and no deal, despite what the Government spin machine may say.

“The reality is that if we are to secure a better outcome than is currently on offer, then the only option is to look beyond this current draft withdrawal agreement and work in the time ahead for an improved outcome.”

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Fabian Picardo

Fabian Picardo addresses Gibraltarians (Image: SKY)

10.30pm update: May declares “new chapter in our national life”

A “new chapter in our national life” will begin after Brexit, Theresa May said as she issued a public plea to support her deal.

The Prime Minister said there would be a moment of “renewal and reconciliation” once the UK had left the European Union.

In a “letter to the nation” Mrs May said that settling the Brexit question would allow the Government to focus on the economy, the NHS and tackling the “burning injustices” in British society.

The almost 800-word message is the latest sign of Mrs May’s attempt to speak directly to the public to build support for her deal, which faces widespread opposition at Westminster.

She insisted that the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration set to be agreed by EU leaders in Brussels on Sunday “will honour the result of the referendum” by allowing the UK to “take back control” of its money, laws and borders.

She said: ”It is a deal for a brighter future, which enables us to seize the opportunities that lie ahead.”

7pm update: Fabian Picardo rejects Spain’s victory claims

Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo used a live TV address to reject Spanish leader Pedro Sanchez’s claims to have secured new guarantees over the Rock’s status.

He said: “The Government of the UK has been completely firm in its resolve and in our support.

“What you have heard from the Spanish Prime Minister today was not a reflection of any new position, however much he tried to present it as such.

“Pedro Sanchez has achieved no guarantees whatsoever in respect of the future of Gibraltar.

“But I can guarantee Pedro Sanchez one thing in respect of the future of Gibraltar: It is an entirely British future that will suffer no dilution.

“I can tell Spain now: we are not interested in any dilution of our sovereignty, we are not interested in allowing for even the remotest concession to Spanish sovereignty, jurisdiction or control.

“As the Prime Minister has today herself confirmed, the sovereignty of Gibraltar is and will remain entirely British.”

6.08: Donald Tusk channels Freddie Mercury ahead of EU Council talks

European Council President Donald Tusk has invoked the memory of Queen legend Freddie Mercury ahead of crunch talks in Brussels.

He tweeted: “As a motto for tomorrow, the words of Freddie Mercury, who passed away exactly 27 years ago: ‘Friends will be friends, right till the end’.”

6pm update: Donald Tusk calls on EU leaders to approve Brexit deal

Donald Tusk is urging EU leaders to approve the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement but admitted there are no reasons to be happy.

He said the deal meets the five points put forward at the beginning of negotiations, which he said were to “minimise the uncertainty and disruption caused by Brexit for our citizens, businesses and Member States; to settle the status of EU citizens who live, work and study in the UK with reciprocal guarantees; to make sure that the UK honours all financial commitments and liabilities; to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland; to prevent a legal vacuum for our companies”.

Mr Tusk said: “During these negotiations, no-one wanted to defeat anyone. We were all looking for a good and fair agreement.

“I believe that we have finally found the best possible compromise. Given all of the above, I will recommend that on Sunday we approve the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

“And although no-one will have reasons to be happy on that day, there is one thing I would like to stress: at this critical time, the EU27 has passed the test of unity and solidarity.”

The 27 EU leaders meet in Brussels tomorrow to endorse the Withdrawal Agreement and approve the Political Declaration for the future relationship before meeting Theresa May to discuss the next steps.

Theresa May Jean-Claude Juncker

Theresa May arrives in Brussels for talks with Jean-Claude Juncker (Image: EBS)

5.53pm update: May insists nothing has changed in Gibraltar position

Theresa May has insisted the Government’s Brexit position on Gibraltar has not changed despite claims of a significant diplomatic victory by the Spanish who believe they have forced Britain to back down over the Rock.

Mrs May said: “We have worked through the withdrawal issued for Gibraltar with Spain in a constructive and sensible way and I’d like to pay tribute to the salesmanship with which Fabio Picardo has led the negotiations on behalf of Gibraltar.

“We have ensured that Gibraltar is covered by the whole of the Withdrawal Agreement and by the implementation period and we will always negotiate on behalf of the whole of the UK family including Gibraltar and in the future relationship we will stand up for their interests and the UK’s position on the sovereignty of Gibraltar has not changed and will not change.

“I’m proud that Gibraltar is British and I will always stand by Gibraltar.”

5pm update: Theresa May arrives in Brussels

Theresa May has arrived in Brussels for talks with EU bosses Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk.

Mr Juncker and his chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier welcomed the Prime Minister to the EU building but they did not speak to waiting reporters.

Mrs May remained silent when asked if she had compromised over Gibraltar.

Arlene Foster address the DUP conference, calling for a new Brexit deal

Arlene Foster address the DUP conference, calling for a new Brexit deal (Image: AFP/Getty)

3.26pm update: DUP leader Arlene Foster addresses party conference

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster has taken to the stage at her party’s conference in Belfast to speak out on the Brexit deal.

Speaking before delegates she called for a different deal and to secure a “better outcome” than the current draft Withdrawal Agreement provides.

Mrs Foster said: “We stand at a crucial moment in the affairs of our nation.

“We are not campaigning for a no-deal exit nor do we want barriers to trade between Northern Ireland and our neighbours in the Republic. The choice is not between this deal and no deal, despite what the Government spin machine may say.

“The reality is that if we are to secure a better outcome than is currently on offer, then the only option is to look beyond this current draft withdrawal agreement and work in the time ahead for an improved outcome.”

Boris Johnson made a passionate plea at the DUP conference in Belfast today

Boris Johnson made a passionate plea at the DUP conference in Belfast today (Image: EPA)

3.01pm update: Summit preparations are underway

Rushed preparations are underway to make sure everything is ready for tomorrow’s EU leader’s summit after Spain, the EU and the UK agreed a last minute deal to put the summit back on.

Spain had threatened to derail the entire Brexit agreement and there were serious concerns tomorrow’s summit would not go ahead.

But an EU technician was pictured in Brussels putting the flags out ready to welcome Prime Minister Theresa May and EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk

Boris Johnson made a passionate plea at the DUP conference in Belfast today

Boris Johnson made a passionate plea at the DUP conference in Belfast today (Image: REUTERS)

2.52pm update: Boris Johnson speaks at DUP conference, calls for government to withold money from EU and “junk” the backstop agreement

Former Foreign Secretary and chief Brexiteer Boris Johnson is speaking at the DUP conference in Belfast.

He said: “If we are not careful, we are going to stay in the customs union, we are going to stay in the single market, we are going to be rules takers.

“Unless we junk this backstop, we will find that Brussels has got us exactly where they want us – a satellite state.

“We will continue to accept the terms under which they have a surplus in trade in goods with us of £95 billion. But with no power, no British influence on those terms.

“We won’t be able to do free trade deals of any value or significance.”

READ MORE: Boris Johnson demands ‘no deal Brexit’ post amid EU exit tensions

2.47pm update: Gibraltar leader replies to Spain-EU Brexit agreement

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has said the deal struck between Spain, the UK and the EU surrounding the territory’s future does not affect British sovereignty over the Rock.

He said: “The deep and unbreakable bonds that bind the United Kingdom and Gibraltar together have not been in any way, and will not be in any way, diluted as a result of our common departure from the EU.

“Brexit will have no effect on the British sovereignty of Gibraltar and the waters that surround it.”

“Throughout our history, we’ve stuck with Britain. After Brexit, we will stick with Britain in the future too.

“This is our most important relationship. And as the UK establishes new trading relationships around the world, we look forward to the opportunities that will come from the benefits of our common language, our common law and the ties that bind us with the Commonwealth of nations around the world.”

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo says British sovereignty 'will not be diluted'

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo says British sovereignty ‘will not be diluted’ (Image: GETTY)

2.44pm update: Leaked EU document declares Spain’s access to Gibraltar negotiations

A leaked draft EU document says Gibraltar will not be considered as part of the “territorial scope” of concluded agreements in the Withdrawal Agreement.

The document states that: “After the United Kingdom leaves the Union, Gibraltar will not be included in the territorial scope of the agreements to be concluded between the Union and the United Kingdom.”

Reuters reported they had seen the document which also states: “However, this does not preclude the possibility to have separate agreements between the Union and the United Kingdom in respect of Gibraltar… those separate agreements will require a prior agreement of the Kingdom of Spain.”

2.38pm update: Spanish PM confirms Gibraltar settlement

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said a deal has been reached on Gibraltar, clearing the way for tomorrow’s EU summit.

Madrid feared they would be excluded from any future decisions on Gibraltar but Sanchez confirmed future negotiations on Gibraltar would be made with Spain’s input, despite Britain controlling the territory since 1713.

Mr Sanchez said: “We have reached an agreement on Gibraltar. 

“We have received sufficient guarantees to be able to reach a solution to a conflict that has lasted more than 300 years between the United Kingdom and Spain.”

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez confirms a deal has been struck on Gibraltar

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez confirms a deal has been struck on Gibraltar (Image: GETTY)

2.20pm update: Tusk says deal is ready for tomorrow’s approval summit

European Union summit chairman Donald Tusk has recommended that the bloc approve the Brexit deal.

He said: “I will recommend that we approve on Sunday the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

“No one has reasons to be happy. But at least at this critical time, the EU 27 has passed the test of unity and solidarity.

2.09 update: UK Government comment on the breakthrough

The government has said confirmed the UK’s position on Gibraltar row, which it has always maintained is a bit of a storm in a teacup.

A government spokesperson said: ““For the withdrawal negotiations, given there are some circumstances which are specific to Gibraltar, we held talks with Spain which directly involved the Government of Gibraltar.

“These were constructive and we look forward to taking the same approach to the future relationship.

“The Prime Minister has been absolutely clear that we stand behind British sovereignty for Gibraltar and that we will get a deal on the future that works for the whole UK family.”

2.01pm update: Tomorrow’s EU summit WILL go ahead

Tomorrow’s knife-edge Brexit summit is set to go ahead after Spain reached a last minute deal with the EU and Theresa May.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez finally reached a deal with European Council President Donald Tusk in an urgent phone call on Saturday morning after emergency negotiations lasted all night.

An EU source said: “Negotiations went on through the night with Spain and Britain.

“In a telephone conversation just now Mr Tusk and Mr Sanchez reached an agreement on Gibraltar, the summit will go ahead.”

The breakthrough paves the way for tomorrow’s summit to go ahead after Mr Sanchez had threatened to derail the entire agreement over Madrid’s Gibraltar objections.

1.53pm update: Spanish Prime Minister statement expected imminently

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is expected to make a statement on the state of Brexit negotiations shortly, Express.co.uk understands.

Mr Sanchez is currently on the way back from Cuba but it is unclear if he will be at tomorrow’s summit in Brussels.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said tomorrow's Brexit summit might be cancelled

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said tomorrow’s Brexit summit might be cancelled (Image: REUTERS)

1.42pm update: Prime Minister’s timings for today’s EU schedule

Prime Minister Theresa May will meet EU officials today to rubber stamp the Brexit deal before it is unveiled tomorrow.

At 6pm in Brussels, (5pm UK time), the Prime Minister will meet EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to ensure the legislation for the UK’s withdrawal is correct.

Afterwards, at approximately 7.15pm (6.15pm UK time), she will hold a meeting the EU Council President Donald Tusk.

The pair will discuss the approval of the 585-page text and accompanying political declaration by the 27 other EU leaders.

Theresa May will meet Jean-Claude Juncker (L) and Donald Tusk (R) to finalise the Brexit deal later

Theresa May will meet Jean-Claude Juncker (L) and Donald Tusk (R) to finalise the Brexit deal later (Image: GETTY)

1.26pm update: Deal ‘closer’ after Tusk calls Sanchez

EU Council President Donald Tusk’s spokesman has said a Brexit deal is “closer” after speaking to the Spanish Prime Minister.

The progress comes after Mr Tusk held an emergency phone call Pedro Sanchez, who is currently on a trip to Cuba.

Spokesman Preben Aamann posted on Twitter: “After the phone call between @eucopresident and @sanchezcastejon a few minutes ago we are closer to tomorrow’s #EUCO

The news suggests a deal can be reached between Spain, the EU and the UK over Gibraltar after Madrid’s eleventh-hour objections threatened to scupper tomorrow’s special Brexit summit.

Donald Tusk holds a copy of the Withdrawal Agreement which he says is

Donald Tusk holds a copy of the Withdrawal Agreement which he says is “closer” after Spanish PM call (Image: GETTY)

1:15pm update: DUP will support Gibraltar if called upon, conference hears

The Democratic Unionist Party is ready to support Gibraltar in Parliament if required, the party’s deputy leader has said.

Nigel Dodds told the annual conference in Belfast its 10 Westminster MPs would support the government if EU negotations on Gibraltar’s future require parliamentary approval.

The EU, Theresa May, Spain and Gibraltar are currently locked in last minute negotiations in Brussels to secure the Brexit deal ahead of tomorrow’s summit.

Mr Dodds said: “Gibraltar is British and we will use our voices and our votes in parliament to stand with British Gibraltar.”

12:27am update: Gibraltar “will not fold” over Spain’s demands says government minister

A Gibraltar government minister has said the territory will not be “bullied” by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez as Madrid tries to undermine their sovereignty.

Samantha Scramento gave a rousing speech at the DUP conference in Belfast as she stood in for Chief Minister Fabian Picardo who is locked in negotiations with Theresa May and the EU over Spain’s demands.

The Housing and Equality Minister’s patriotic tone garnered mass applause from DUP delegates.

She said: “Gibraltar will not fold.

“The Union Jack, our precious Union Jack, is not a mere flag.

“To those of us who have endured hard times to secure the continuity of our British heritage, our British values and freedoms, the Union Jack encapsulates all we are as a people.”

Mrs Sacramento committed the territory to making sure Brexit worked, even though 96 percent of people in Gibraltar voted Remain.

She added: “It is critical that the United Kingdom remains firm in the defence of our right to self-determination and that Spain is given no hope in its campaign to take our sovereignty from us.

“Our borders and our history are very different but our solidarity in defence of our democratic right to preserve our British way of life is unshakeable.”

Gibraltar minister Samantha Sacramento said the territory will stand up to Spain

Gibraltar minister Samantha Sacramento said the territory will stand up to Spain (Image: PA)

11:54am update: DUP’s Nigel Dodds wants to “bin” the Brexit deal

Deputy DUP leader Nigel Dodds has launched a scathing attack on Theresa May’s Brexit deal at the party’s conference.

He told members assembled in Belfast that the Prime Minister’s deal would leave the UK “locked in a straitjacket” and slammed it as “pitiful”.

He said: “The published withdrawal agreement portrays a pitiful and pathetic place for the United Kingdom … locked into an EU straitjacket, divided and diminished.

“It will require the collective will not just of this party, but of all who value and cherish our precious Union, to stand firm in the face of the inevitable onslaught,” he said.

“Prime Minister – bin the backstop!”

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds addresses the conference in Belfast

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds addresses the conference in Belfast (Image: REUTERS)

11:08am update: DUP issues confidence and supply agreement warning to Theresa May

Nigel Dodds, the DUP’s deputy leader, has threatened to pull out of the confidence and supply agreement with the Conservative Party.

The Prime Minister relies on the agreement to get key policies through Parliament but the DUP have said it is a “two-way street” and they could end the agreement as they are unhappy with Theresa May’s Brexit deal stance on Northern Ireland.

Mr Dodds told Sky News: “The confidence and supply agreement is a two-way street with the Conservative Party.

“It isn’t with Theresa May or an individual, it is with the party and that involves commitments on their side and our side… based on our shared priorities.

“That is that the United Kingdom leaves the EU as one country not as leaving part of it behind in single market regulations or customs union provisions.

“Clearly there will be consequences, we’ve already indicated in Parliament some of our displeasure.”

10.28am update: What is on the agenda today in Brexit?

This weekend is set to be extremely busy as the Brexit deal is set to be unveiled tomorrow by EU leaders.

Before that, Theresa May will today make final discussions with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels.

Meanwhile the DUP conference continues, with former Foreign Secretary and chief Brexiteer Boris Johnson set to take to the stage as well as party leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds.

Follow Brexit Live throughout the day for comments as they happen live from Brussels and the DUP conference in Belfast.

10.12am update: Leave voters react to Chancellor Philip Hammond’s controversial comment

Angry Leave voters have called on the Prime Minister to “deliver for the side that won” after the Chancellor said the best deal would be a compromise.

Mr Hammond said: “Anything which looks like one half of the country ‘winning’ and the other half ‘losing’ is disastrous for our country.”

Michael Dawes said the Chancellor’s comment, “explains why were are in this halfway house disaster” and sarcastically demanded a “radical solution – deliver for the side that won.”

Meanwhile Darren Grimes compared the Chancellor’s comment to letting Labour into the government as a compromise for Tory losses at the last general election.

This twitter user was not pleased with Mr Hammond's suggestion

This twitter user was not pleased with Mr Hammond’s suggestion (Image: Twitter @MKarlDawes)

This twitter user compared Chancellor Hammond's suggestion to letting Labour join the government

This twitter user compared Chancellor Hammond’s suggestion to letting Labour join the government (Image: Twitter @darrengrimes_)

9.57am update: Chancellor enrages Leave voters in controversial comments on Prime Minister’s deal

Channcellor Philip Hammond has risked enraging Leave voters with controversial remarks made this morning on the Prime Minister’s deal.

He said any agreement which Leave voters could see as a victory would be “disastrous” for the UK.

Mr Hammond argued the best deal for the country would be one that bridges the gap between those who voted to leave and those who voted to stay in the EU.

Speaking on the Today show he said: “The country is divided over this issue and we have to find a way forward that brings the country back together.  

“Anything which looks like one half of the country ‘winning’ and the other half ‘losing’ is disastrous for our country. 

“We’ve got to have a solution which bridges that gap and allows the country to move forward so that our economy can grow, we can take advantage of the very significant opportunities that Britain has available to it, in order to ensure a prosperous future for all our people, protecting jobs, protecting our economy.”

9.52am update: Unskilled EU migrants will get restricted visas

Theresa May hopes to win over critics of her deal with an immigration crackdown, promising to restrict visas for EU migrants.

According to leaked Cabinet papers, the Home Office is planning to limit stays of low-skilled migrants from EU countries to 11 months.

The migrants will be given visas “with restricted entitlements and rights” while they live in the UK.

Mrs May hopes to introduce the legislation with parliament set to scrutinise a white paper in less than two weeks time.

The Prime Ministers and Home Office officials are also considering an alternative plan to restrict the number of unskilled EU migrants between the ages of 18-30 come to the UK but lift the cap for skilled workers.

She hopes allowing unlimited numbers of skilled workers would mean Britain gets the “brightest and the best.”

Sources in Whitehall have said a final decision on the two ideas has yet to be made by the government.

The Home Office could restrict visas for unskilled EU migrants under a new plan

The Home Office could restrict visas for unskilled EU migrants under a new plan (Image: GETTY)

9.41am update: DUP speculate on Boris Johnson as next Tory leader

This morning has seen a war of words erupt ahead of the DUP’s annual conference in Belfast later.

Party leader Arlene Foster has slammed Theresa May’s Brexit deal as not in Northern Ireland’s interests, according to extracts from her keynote speech later today .

The DUP’s chief whip Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has also spoken out against the draft withdrawal agreement saying the Prime Minister will be forced to go back to Brussels and seek changes if it is rejected by Parliament.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today show this morning, Sir Donaldson said: “If the House of Commons votes the Withdrawal Agreement down, if it is rejected by the House of Commons, then clearly the Prime Minister has got to go back to Brussels and seek changes to that Withdrawal Agreement.”

He also spoke on whether he thought Boris Johnson would do a better job of negotiating a deal with the EU, saying he would listen “very carefully” to what the former Foreign Secretary would have to say.

He added: “At the moment, it is the Prime Minister doing the negotiating and I’m not going to get into speculation about what might happen in the future.”

“He is a senior member of the Conservative Party, as is the Chancellor of the Exchequer. We had the Chancellor last night, we have Boris today.

“We are interested in a variety of views within the Conservative Party and we will listen very carefully to what Boris has to say, just as we did with the Chancellor last night.”

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the DUP would listen

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the DUP would listen “very carefully” to Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)

Philip Hammond and the DUP are still at odds despite meeting yesterday

Philip Hammond and the DUP are still at odds despite meeting yesterday (Image: GETTY)

9.13am update: Philip Hammond speaks after meeting DUP leaders yesterday

Chancellor Philip Hammond addressed DUP officials in Belfast at a behind closed-door meeting last night.

This morning Mr Hammond defended the draft dealas the best solution for bringing the country together with a minimum negative impact on the economy.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “This deal is a way of Britain leaving the European Union … with minimum negative impact on our economy.

“But economics is not the only consideration. We also have to look at the political healing process, bringing our country back together, because (…) countries that are disunited and divided are not successful countries.”

The Chancellor also warned that if Mrs May’s deal were to be rejected and the UK was forced to accept a no-deal Brexit, it would unleash “economic chaos.”

He added: “If the meaningful vote is lost we are in uncharted territory.

“We will be faced with potential economic chaos, I am sure we would get a very negative reaction from the business community, from investors, from the markets.

Arlene Foster will address the DUP conference today rejecting the Brexit deal

Arlene Foster will address the DUP conference today rejecting the Brexit deal (Image: GETTY)

8.57am update: Theresa May has flown to Brussels

Prime Minister Theresa May is already in Brussels to speak with EU leaders ahead of tomorrow’s Brexit summit.

Mrs May took an early morning flight to the Belgium capital for last minute talks with EU leaders before the draft withdrawal deal is finalised tomorrow.

She will hold talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk to sort out final amendments to the deal after Spain’s Prime Minister threatened to “veto Brexit”.

Pedro Sanchez has raised eleventh-hour objections to the deal over the future of Gibraltar once the UK has left the EU.

Madrid is worried they will be excluded from further trade negotations with the territory, which they still lay claim to.

Theresa May has headed to Brussels to finalise the Brexit deal

Theresa May has headed to Brussels to finalise the Brexit deal (Image: PA)

DUP leader Arlene Foster will attack the Prime Minister over commitments she has

DUP leader Arlene Foster will attack the Prime Minister over commitments she has (Image: GETTY)

8.30am update: Foster will tell DUP conference the deal ‘fails on key committments’

DUP leader Arlene Foster will follow her warning to Theresa May by attacking the Prime Minister for failing to stick to promises she made on Northern Ireland.

Mrs Foster will say she appreciates the Prime Minister’s “hard work” but the deal is still risky.

She will say: “I acknowledge the hard work and determined efforts of the Prime Minister to secure an agreement.

“She is genuine when she says she wants to see an outcome that does no harm to the Union and the internal market of the United Kingdom.

“However, this draft agreement fails her own key commitments.

“The Prime Minister has not been able to guarantee an outcome that eliminates the risk of the introduction of the so-called backstop arrangements.”

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