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Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Priti Patel vow to join DUP against Brexit deal today

Rishi Sunak is desperately scrambling to contain a Tory revolt over his new Brexit deal today after Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Priti Patel vowed to oppose the plan. 

The PM is facing a huge test of his ‘Windsor Framework’ with a series of big beasts joining the DUP in the first crunch vote this afternoon.

Sources close to Ms Truss said she had concluded the proposal ‘does not satisfactorily resolve the issues thrown up by the Protocol and almost fatally impinges on the UK’s ability to diverge from EU rules and regulations’.

Former Cabinet minister Priti Patel and Iain Duncan Smith are also expected to vote against. 

A big rebellion will be a body blow for Mr Sunak, even though Labour support means the result of the vote is not in doubt. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has already announced he will be giving the final go-ahead for the Windsor Framework at a meeting with the EU’s Maros Sefcovic on Friday.   

Mr Johnson – who is facing a four-hour Partygate showdown with the Privileges Committee amid the Brexit drama – said in a statement overnight that the terms are ‘not acceptable’. 

‘I will be voting against the proposed arrangements today,’ he said.

‘Instead, the best course of action is to proceed with the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, and make sure that we take back control.’

Source of data and images: dailymail

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