DUP 'will vote against government budget if Brexit red lines breached'

Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker attend the European Union leaders informal summit in Salzburg Austria

Speaking after meeting with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, she illustrated what the DUP were opposing by saying an attempt to avoid a hard border with the Irish Republic could mean more regulatory checks on goods travelling between GB and NI.

There have been faint signs of progress amid reports that the two sides are now working on a single text of a divorce agreement - rather than making counter-proposals.

Just minutes before the news broke that the DUP is considering voting down the budget, a Downing Street source was asked if Mrs May felt she could rely on DUP votes in parliament.

The small Northern Irish party which props up May's government again drew what it described as the "only one red line" in its talks in Brussels on Tuesday, ruling out any checks on trade with the British mainland after Brexit.

Barnier said customs forms could be completed in advance online and the "only visible systematic checks" would involve scanning bar codes on lorries or containers on ferries or in ports.

The DUP has dismissed the warnings about the peace process.

Under the European Commission's "backstop" plan for the Irish border, customs and Value-Added Tax checks would be carried out using existing customs transit procedures, to avoid the need for physical inspections at the border, he said. Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Union commissioner for migration and home affairs, said Barnier had briefed the body on the state of play in the negotiations.

Mr Barnier vowed he would keep fighting to protect the integrity of the European Union single market. It is a negative negotiation.

'Hurricane of a century' bears down on Florida's Panhandle
Scott said that he's called up 2,500 members of the National Guard to assist, and has more than 1,000 rescuers at the ready. BP Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp on Monday began evacuating personnel from Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production platforms.

Jamal Khashoggi: photos of 15-man ‘assassination squad’ surface in Turkish newspaper
He has been critical of some policies of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen. Khashoggi's fiance has asked US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to "help shed light" on his disappearance.

Mental Health at work beyond Mental Health Awareness Week
The report was published ahead of a first global ministerial mental health summit in London this week. It's where we spend a majority of our time, build friendships and where we make our livelihoods.

That could destroy relations between Mrs May and the DUP - which has warned it has a "blood red" line on the issue.

His comments came as the Democratic Unionists indicated they were prepared to vote against the Budget if it is unhappy with the Brexit deal.

A spokesman for Mrs May said on Monday that continuing any joint customs arrangements with the European Union would be "temporary".

According to one of the academics who conducted "The Future of England Study", unionists' preference for Brexit over the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom "raises questions about the type of union we're in, and indeed what unionism means".

'The EU27 need to be ready on day one to address issues like citizen's rights, transport or customs coherently'.

"An agreement is within reach for October 17, next Wednesday, if we succeed to the end of this negotiation now", Barnier said in a speech to business leaders at the European Parliament.

'We are going to have to carry this deal on our own benches. The sides will continue negotiations through the weekend with hopes for a breakthrough as early as Monday.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top See Terrifying Trailer for New 'Pet Sematary' Movie Adaptation
Oct 10, 2018 - 21:55
The latest spooky story to get the remake treatment is Mary Lambert's 1989 Pet Sematary , based on King's 1983 novel. It's being directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer , and will be released in 2019.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pressured by Report Saudi Arabia Stands Ready to Cover Shortfall
Oct 10, 2018 - 20:54
Indian refiners imported around 10 million barrels of Iranian oil in October, and its November shipments are expected to be lower.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chinese stocks tumble as trading resumes under a cloud
Oct 10, 2018 - 17:46
It is likely that further RRR cuts in addition to fiscal stimulus are in the pipeline to cushion the slowdown in the economy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Liveblog: Google’s Pixel 3 launch event at 11am ET Tuesday, October 9
Oct 10, 2018 - 17:43
Additionally, this model had 4GB of RAM, though Engadget predicts that there will be a variant with 6GB of RAM. Imagine you're at dinner with family or in a meeting at work and a call from an unknown caller comes in.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tropical Depression #14 likely to become Hurricane Michael
Oct 10, 2018 - 16:31
Voluntary, and in some cases, mandatory, evacuations were issued in some areas along the Florida Panhandle coast. But forecasters noted there is an increasing risk of risky surge, rainfall and wind for those in the cone.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Things We Hope Happen at Princess Eugenie & Jack's Wedding
Oct 10, 2018 - 16:28
The only non-royal bridesmaid will be Theodora Williams - the six-year-old daughter of Robbie Williams and Ayda Field. Supporting Eugenie will be her elder sister, Princess Beatrice , who has been chosen to be her Maid of Honour .

Taylor Swift Got Political Again, This Time During Her AMAs Acceptance Speech
Oct 10, 2018 - 16:26
Thomas Rhett attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles , California. Swift was backed by more than a dozen dancers for the performance and a large snake hovered behind her onstage.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top DC Comics hires James Gunn after Disney fires him
Oct 10, 2018 - 15:27
James Gunn is joining the DC bandwagon with the director being all set to pen the sequel of Suicide Squad . Fans have mixed emotions about Gunn directing the film and they made sure their opinions were voiced.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Taylor Swift sets new American Music Award record, urges people to vote
Oct 10, 2018 - 14:53
It takes her AMA tally to 23, beating Whitney Houston's 19 to make her the most successful female artist at the awards. Migos were acknowledged as the favourite duo in the Pop/Rock category, while Mendes won the Adult Contemporary Artist.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top State and hospitals holding vaccination events as flu season starts
Oct 10, 2018 - 13:59
Getting back into the flu shot specifically, there's already plenty of skepticism surrounding this one form of vaccination alone. To protect adults and children alike from the risk of flu and its complications, flu vaccinations are available through the NHS.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Turkish experts invited to Saudi Consulate for probe
Oct 10, 2018 - 13:50
Khashoggi was previously a prominent newspaper editor in Saudi Arabia and an adviser to a former head of intelligence. Saudi officials say he left shortly afterwards, but his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never came out.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Black Ops 4’s day one update weighs in at 50GB
Oct 10, 2018 - 13:47
This patch is already available for the digital version so only retail copies will be affected by this change. South African retailers will be dishing out copies early so players can get the patch downloaded.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chelsea striker Morata: Hazard was honest about Real Madrid ambition
Oct 10, 2018 - 12:31
We have seen Hazard on form before, but he needs to produce consistently, season after season; not one season on, one season off. New coach Julen Lopetegui usually plays a 4-3-3 and Hazard would replace Marco Asensio if he came into the squad.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ballon d'Or: Saul backs Atletico Madrid team-mate Antoine Griezmann for top honours
Oct 10, 2018 - 10:58
France won the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation , and seven players of the squad made the 30 man nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dana White -- UFC could strip Khabib Nurmagomedov of title
Oct 10, 2018 - 10:45
He also held that Khabib's performance "legitimized every criticism anyone has ever had" in regards to McGregor's career. The post-fight meleé has gained so numerous headlines but the fourth round finish will rankle McGregor for a while yet.