LONDON (Reuters) – The Northern Irish party that props up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government said it had good talks with British ministers on Friday to see what additional assurances would be needed for them to save her twice-defeated Brexit deal.
The United Kingdom’s divorce from the European Union has sown chaos throughout May’s premiership and the Brexit finale is still uncertain. Options include a long delay, exiting with May’s deal, leaving without a deal or even another referendum.
May has given Brexit supporters an ultimatum – ratify her deal by Wednesday or face a delay to Brexit way beyond June 30 that would open up the possibility that the entire departure from the EU could ultimately be thwarted.
To succeed, May must win over dozens of Brexit-supporting rebels in her own Conservative Party and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which has 10 lawmakers in parliament.
For the DUP, which could pull in some Brexit-supporting Conservative lawmakers behind a deal, the main issue is the Irish backstop – an insurance policy which sets out what happens to the Irish border if the sides fail to find another solution.