DUP prefer long Brexit delay to PM’s deal – Sky sources | Politics News
The DUP now consider a long extension to Brexit to be preferable to the prime minister’s deal, Sky News understands.
Some in the party believe if the prime minister is forced by MPs to request a longer extension, there may be a change of Conservative leader to someone who could force through a different deal.
The party has been in talks with deputy prime minister David Lidington over the government’s offer of a “Stormont lock” to ensure new EU laws applied in Northern Ireland would be accepted by the rest of the UK under the backstop arrangements.
It is understood the talks broke up in acrimony last Tuesday amid concerns that such an arrangement would never be acceptable to some Tory Brexiteers or the other devolved administrations.
A source close to those talks told Sky News the party’s MPs are moving towards “a long extension, perhaps a year or more, which would mean a change of leader and a different approach.”