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N. Ireland’s DUP signal they’ll reject customs union compromise, in Brexit blow for UK opposition parties

N. Ireland’s DUP signal they’ll reject customs union compromise, in Brexit blow for UK opposition parties

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the UK government’s Northern Irish key allies, have indicated that they will not back a customs union amendment to the Brexit Bill, in a set-back for opposition parties.
In what is a crucial week in the Brexit process, with UK PM Boris Johnson’s Tory government looking to get their Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) passed by lawmakers, the opposition parties appear to have hit a stumbling block as they seek to add amendments.

Labour and other parties opposed to Johnson’s deal agreed with Brussels last week are expected to table a ‘customs union’ amendment as they look to secure a softer Brexit, but DUP MP Jim Shannon told Sky News on Monday that his party are against the proposition.