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Iain Duncan Smith reveals his ONE major problem with Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

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Speaking on BBC Politics Live, the former Conservative leader admitted he was yet to read the full text agreed between Boris Johnson and Brussels. But he warned that the DUP’s rejection of the latest Brexit deal would be a crucial factor in his judgement of the agreement. He warned: “I’m reserving my position on this because I really want to read what’s in it. We were told by the Government throughout the discussions that certain concerns were being met within this agreement.

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“And I just want to make sure that that’s the case.

“For many of my colleagues, that’s exactly the case. There are some issues.

“For example, if the DUP aren’t backing it, what’s the reason for not backing it?

“And if they’re not backing it, for example, on the issue of consent which is part of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, you have to ask yourself a genuine question – which is a question I want to ask the Government.

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“If the EU and Ireland’s position to defend all of their points all along the line has been we mustn’t damage the Good Friday Agreement, suddenly the concept of consent has been completely turned it appears.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing an uphill struggle to get the last-minute Brexit deal he struck with the EU through the Commons.

Following days of intense negotiations, the Prime Minister announced an agreement had been reached with Brussels as he headed to a summit of EU leaders on Thursday.

However, key Tory ally the DUP stood firm over its objections to the Government’s Brexit stance.

With the Commons expected to sit on Saturday to go over the deal, the first-weekend session of Parliament for 37 years, the DUP insisted it still could not yet back the Government’s EU withdrawal plans.

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The stance of the DUP is important because the party wields influence over some hardline Tory Brexiteers and Mr Johnson is far short of a majority in Parliament.

The Prime Minister tweeted: “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control, 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.”

Mr Johnson added: “We will leave the EU’s customs union as one United Kingdom and be able to strike trade deals all around the world.

“This is a deal which allows us to get Brexit done and leave the EU in two weeks’ time.”

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Mr Johnson said that the “anti-democratic” backstop had been abolished.

“The people of Northern Ireland will be in charge of the laws that they live by, and, unlike the backstop, will have the right to end the special arrangement if they so choose.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was also quick to dismiss the deal.

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Speaking during a visit to Brussels, he said: “This is a day where the Prime Minister seems to have made a deal with the European Union which doesn’t give us the complete freedom of movement between Britain and Ireland because it creates a customs union border down the Irish Sea.

“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 of his allies on his own backbenches.

“From what we know, it seems the Prime Minister has negotiated an even worse deal than Theresa May’s, which was overwhelmingly rejected.”

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Iain Duncan Smith reveals his ONE major problem with Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

Speaking on BBC Politics Live, the former Conservative leader admitted he was yet to read the full text agreed between Boris Johnson and Brussels. But he warned that the DUP’s rejection of the latest Brexit deal would be a crucial factor in his judgement of the agreement.

Speaking on BBC Politics Live, the former Conservative leader admitted he was yet to read the full text agreed between Boris Johnson and Brussels. But he warned that the DUP’s rejection of the latest Brexit deal would be a crucial factor in his judgement of the agreement.

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