Politics update: DUP fires warning shot at Theresa May, Jeremy Hunt chastises Tory rebels

Theresa May and Arlene Foster

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DUP shows anger at May by withholding support in Commons vote

DUP Arlene Foster

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has fired a warning shot at Theresa May by choosing to abstain and in some cases vote with Labour on a series of amendments to the finance bill.

Signalling their readiness to pull support from the government, the DUP’s Brexit spokesman, Sammy Wilson, said the government had broken its promises, saying “consequences were inevitable”.

Northern Ireland’s DUP props up Theresa May’s government – May turned to the DUP after losing her parliamentary majority in the 2017 general election.

Since the announcement of the withdrawal agreement last week, the party have publicly shown their outrage at key aspects of the deal, as they believe is treats Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the UK.

The recent threat of a no-confidence vote has receded slightly for the prime minister, as the 48 votes needed to trigger a leadership election failed to materialise, though many still believe a vote could be on its way.

Corbyn: May’s Brexit deal “locks in uncertainty”

Jeremy Corbyn CBI conference speech

Jeremy Corbyn has told an audience at the CBI conference that Theresa May’s Brexit deal “locks in uncertainty”, meaning more chaos if a deal on the future relationship cannot be agreed by the government.

Speaking at the conference in London on Monday, Corbyn said that rather than “ending the uncertainty of the last two-and-a-half years,” May’s Brexit plans had “negotiated locks in uncertainty for another two, three, four – who knows how many more years?”

The Labour leader also turned fire on Theresa May’s agenda – in her speech to the CBI, the prime minister highlighted the border controls the UK could use post-Brexit. Corbyn told the conference: “We recognise that to close the skills gap we cannot close ourselves off from the rest of the world.”

Labour.org.uk has published a full transcript of Corbyn’s speech here.

Jeremy Hunt: Removing Theresa May will bring “the most appalling chaos”

Jeremy Hunt Foreign Secretary

The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said that toppling Theresa May will bring “the most appalling chaos”, destabilising the UK and ruining the country’s reputation overseas.

Hunt, who took the role as foreign secretary earlier this year after the resignation of Boris Johnson, told reporters during a visit to Tehran that May had got “perhaps got the most difficult job of any prime minister or president in the western world at the moment”, saying the PM was “by far the best-placed person” to handle the negotiations.

He added: “Seeking to remove her risks the most appalling chaos that could be immensely damaging to our national reputation, but also destabilising and potentially stopping us getting through to the other side of Brexit,”

“That is why when people think about this, people will realise that backing her is the right thing to do.”

Amber Rudd returns to the Commons

Amber Rudd UN Report Return to Politics

Amber Rudd returned to frontline politics on Monday, launching an assault on the UN report that condemned the “great misery” inflicted on the UK by Conservative austerity policies.

A recent report by Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, found that, in Britain, “poverty is a political choice”, and that a decade of austerity had contributed to a fifth of the population living in poverty.

Rudd hit back at the report on Monday, saying “I have seen the report by the rapporteur, I’ve read it over the weekend, and I must say I was disappointed to say the least by the extraordinary political nature of his language.

“We, on this side of the house, will always engage with professionals, with experts, with NGOs. We are not so proud that we don’t think we can learn as we try to adjust universal credit for the benefit of everybody. But that sort of language was wholly inappropriate and discredited a lot of what he was saying.”

Rudd returned to the government as Work and Pensions secretary last week replacing Esther McVey, who resigned in protest of Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

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