DUP threatens to vote down budget over Brexit

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Foster has said that is part of her "blood red lines" over Brexit.

There have been suggestions that the political declaration could be as short as six pages in order to push a Brexit deal through and leave disagreements over the future of trade for to be settled during the two-year transition period.

Brexit was not our choice, it is the choice of the UK.

But London has yet to present in writing a new proposal for the biggest hurdle in talks now - how to avoid extensive, post-Brexit checks along the 500 km (320 miles) of border between EU member state Ireland and Britain's Northern Ireland province that will become the only EU-UK land frontier.

In a move that will be viewed by many as a leadership bid, Mr Davis branded Mrs May's stance on Chequers as "preposterous" and demanded the government "reset" its negotiating strategy immediately.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May was challenged by a number of her cabinet ministers, including Liam Fox, the worldwide trade secretary and Michael Gove, the environment secretary, on Thursday who voiced concerns over her new backstop plan, fearing it would keep the UK in a customs union with the EU for an open-ended period of time.

In a letter to fellow Tory MPs, he said a deal based on Mrs May's Chequers plan would deliver "none of the benefits of Brexit" and reduce the United Kingdom to being "a rule-taker from Brussels".

"My estimate is that there are at least 40 colleagues who are not going to accept a half-in, half-out Chequers deal or indeed a backstop that leaves us in the internal market and the customs union, come what may".

Despite optimistic comments from senior EU figures about the prospect of progress at the October 17-18 European Council summit, the PM made clear that agreement has not yet been reached on key issues including the Irish border.

"The Prime Minister understands that position and I expect her to respect that position".

But he made clear that the European Union envisages a deal involving new customs and regulatory checks on goods travelling from Britain to Northern Ireland, including health and sanitary inspections for 100% of animals and animal products arriving in ports like Larne and Belfast from the rest of the UK.

However, the European Union says that means there must be some checks on goods coming into Northern Ireland in order to prevent those that do not meet European Union standards from going across in the Republic of Ireland and then reaching the continent.

"I feel very strongly that we must honour the result of the referendum - we must honour the expectations of the British public in making that decision".

"The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act sets out the circumstances for a confidence vote", the Prime Minister's official spokesman said.

Other cabinet members, who appeared to not have been invited to the meeting, including Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary, and Penny Mordaunt, the worldwide development secretary, were said to be frustrated with the lack of a time limit, and, according to The Times, citing an unnamed source, were considering their positions.

It has rejected the European Union proposal that Northern Ireland stays aligned to the bloc's customs and regulatory rules, saying this would effectively carve off the province from the rest of Britain.

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