PUBLISHED: 12:49, Thu, Oct 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 12:52, Thu, Oct 17, 2019
Speaking on BBC Politics Live, the former Conservative leader admitted he was yet to read the full text agreed between Boris Johnson and Brussels. But he warned that the DUP's rejection of the latest Brexit deal would be a crucial factor in his judgement of the agreement. He warned: “I’m reserving my position on this because I really want to read what’s in it. We were told by the Government throughout the discussions that certain concerns were being met within this agreement.
“And I just want to make sure that that’s the case.
“For many of my colleagues, that’s exactly the case. There are some issues.
“For example, if the DUP aren’t backing it, what’s the reason for not backing it?
“And if they’re not backing it, for example, on the issue of consent which is part of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, you have to ask yourself a genuine question - which is a question I want to ask the Government.
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“If the EU and Ireland’s position to defend all of their points all along the line has been we mustn’t damage the Good Friday Agreement, suddenly the concept of consent has been completely turned it appears.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing an uphill struggle to get the last-minute Brexit deal he struck with the EU through the Commons.
Following days of intense negotiations, the Prime Minister announced an agreement had been reached with Brussels as he