Theresa May’s DUP allies have threatened to pull support for her government in a furious clash over Brexit.
The party’s 10 MPs have backed the PM since 2017 after being handed £1bn for Northern Ireland in a two-year deal.
But the deal is due to expire this summer – and the DUP’s Brexit spokesman today warned new backing isn’t guaranteed.
Sammy Wilson told the Telegraph: “It’s not a given that we will go into a confidence and supply agreement.
“We have upheld our side of the bargain. Unfortunately she is persisting with the [Brexit] Withdrawal Agreement, which she knows would break up the UK.”
If the DUP pulled its support Theresa May would no longer have a working majority to pass basic legislation – and could lose a vote of no confidence in the government.
The Times today reported DUP leaders Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds held a 40-minute meeting with Boris Johnson.
The mop-haired Brexiteer is one of a string of Tories jostling to lead the party when Mrs May eventually leaves.
But Mr Johnson’s camp insist the encounter on Wednesday was not a formal meeting.
Instead a source claimed the Brexiteers simply bumped into each other briefly in Parliament’s Pugin Room.
It comes after DUP leader Ms Foster met EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier for talks in Brussels yesterday – accompanied by Brexiteer Tory Iain Duncan Smith.
The DUP have refused to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal due to the ‘Irish backstop’ – a clause that would extend EU customs rules over the UK from 2021, and set up differing standards for Northern Ireland compared to Britain.
They have also slammed the decision to delay Brexit until October 31.
Asked if she still had confidence in Mrs May after the extension, the DUP leader said: “The confidence and supply agreement that we signed was with the Conservative Party and whoever the leader of the party is we will work with.
“We believe in national stability. We want to see Brexit delivered.”