Theresa May will today ask her Brexit 'war cabinet' to support a plan to keep Britain in a customs union, after the DUP last night abstained from a Commons vote and threatened to bring the Government down.
The PM will ask ministers to back an interim deal, keeping the whole of the UK in the EU customs area in order to avoid a 'hard border' in Northern Ireland, which would remain in the single market until a permanent deal with Brussels was agreed.
It came after the DUP - whose 10 MPs are keeping Theresa May in power - did not take part in a fairly routine vote on a Labour amendment to the Agriculture Bill last night.
Sources within the DUP said it was a warning shot to the PM and that they could bring down the Government by voting against the Budget on October 29.
The party's Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson said: 'We will not be bullied into propping up a soft-touch Government which gives in to the EU's demands.
'Now is not the time to try and sell even more compromise to satisfy the appetite of the EU to humiliate our country.
'The road which the leaks and briefings is outlining is the road to parliamentary defeat for any deal which the Prime Minister brings forward.
'If the Government is putting these proposals into the public domain to test the water, our advice is to get its toe out quickly or it is going to get burnt!
'She will not have DUP support regardless of whether the Government tries to bribe, bully or browbeat us into accepting it.'
Under the PM's 'backstop' plans Britain would remain in the customs union until a permanent trade deal with Brussels was reached.'
Read more: D-Day for May: Furious DUP MPs rebel against Tories in vote and threaten to BRING DOWN the government as PM today prepares to ask her Brexit war cabinet to agree plan to keep Britain in customs union
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