October 22, 2018 / 12:06 PM / 24 days ago

Northern Irish DUP to back rebel Brexit amendment - Telegraph reporter

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The Northern Irish party which props up British Prime Minister Theresa May will back an amendment proposed by rebel Brexiteer lawmakers that will effectively make the European Union’s backstop proposal illegal, a Telegraph newspaper reporter said.

Prominent Brexiteer Steve Baker, a former junior Brexit minister, will try to block the EU’s backstop plan on Wednesday by attaching amendments to legislation passing through parliament that would effectively make the proposal illegal.

“DUP will back amendment being tabled by Tory Eurosceptics on Wednesday that will effectively make the EU’s NI backstop illegal,” Steven Swinford, the Telegraph’s deputy political editor, said.

“Yet another headache for No 10, with 40 Tory MP already poised to support it.” (Writing by Guy Faulconbridge, Editing By Alistair Smout)

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