Brexit negotiators eye Monday breakthrough, Northern Irish party ups the ante


By Amanda Ferguson and Gabriela Baczynska LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British and EU negotiators making headway on the Irish border hope for a Brexit deal breakthrough on Monday, diplomats said, though the British prime minister’s Northern Ireland ally has stoked uncertainty by warning it could vote against her. Under pressure from all sides, Theresa May told journalists at Downing Street reception that talks on the key issue of the Irish border were likely to continue until November, while cabinet ministers who met with May on Thursday evening were cited by the Financial Times as saying the border issue was close to being settled. However, the Brexit spokesman of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), May’s parliamentary partner, said the DUP’s 10 members of parliament would vote against the UK budget and consider voting no-confidence in May if the British government breaks the DUP’s red lines in Brexit talks

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