March 12, 2019 / 9:27 AM / 5 months ago

Two DUP MPs raise prospect of delaying Brexit vote to scrutinise assurances

BELFAST/DUBLIN, March 12 (Reuters) - Two members of the Northern Irish party propping up Britain’s minority government raised the prospect of delaying Tuesday’s parliamentary vote on the Brexit divorce deal if more time was needed to scrutinise assurances secured from the EU.

British Prime Minister May signed up to three documents after last-ditch talks on Monday which she said were aimed at addressing the most contentious part of the divorce deal she agreed in November - the Irish backstop.

Democratic Unionist Party chief whip Jeffrey Donaldson told Irish national broadcaster RTE that the party had not yet come to a definitive conclusion on how to vote, but that a delay “could be an option parliament may want to consider”.

His party colleague Sammy Wilson told BBC Radio Ulster: “I think if the government wants to have full scrutiny of this agreement ...then one of the options it has is to put the vote off today. We wouldn’t be adverse to that.” (Reporting by Amanda Ferguson and Conor Humphries, writing by Padraic Halpin)

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