Boris Johnson is fighting to get the DUP and Tory hardliners on board with a Brexit deal today as fraught talks continue in Brussels. UK and EU negotiators are reconvening this morning after working late into the night – getting tantalisingly close to the legal text of a settlement. But the delicate process seemed to be derailed by the intervention of the DUP, whose leader Arlene Foster emerged from a briefing in No10 to declare there were still issues to resolve. In an ominous sign, she also swiped that she did not ‘trust’ the PM to strike a deal that protects the union. ‘I trust myself,’ she said. Splits also emerged in the hardline Tory Eurosceptic ERG bloc. While chair Steve Baker came out from his own Downing Street chat saying he was ready to endorse a ‘tolerable deal’, former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson branded the package ‘unacceptable’. Despite the EU’s Michel Barnier setting a deadline of last night for a deal to be finalised in time for tomorrow’s Brussels summit, it is thought there are still a few hours of wrangling left before ambassadors from members states are filled in on progress this afternoon. However, Mr Johnson is facing… Read full this story
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