UK PM Johnson hails ‘great’ new Brexit deal but DUP says ‘no’

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the new deal that Britain and the European Union have agreed upon. (File photo: Reuters)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that Britain and the European Union had agreed a “great” new Brexit deal but still faced resistance from the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) as he sought support for the deal.

Britain and the European Union have been racing to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement in time for an Oct. 31 Brexit, but the deal still needs approval from parliament.

“We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control,” Johnson said in a tweet.

“Now parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment.”

However, the DUP, who have expressed concerns that the Brexit deal could cut Northern Ireland off from Britain in customs and regulatory terms, said there had been no change in their position following the confirmation of the deal.

Earlier the DUP had said it could not support the last-ditch Brexit proposal due to concerns about the issues of customs and consent, adding there was a lack of clarity on VAT (sales tax) arrangements.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s main opposition Labor Party said his party cannot support the new deal.

“As it stands we cannot support this deal... also it is unclear whether it has the support of his allies in the DUP, or indeed, many allies on his own backbenches,” he said.

Asked whether he would put forward a motion of no-confidence to try to bring down Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a planned extraordinary session in parliament on Saturday, Corbyn said the weekend was a time to discuss the Brexit deal and other issues would be for next week.

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