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Show no weakness: DUP's Wilson urges PM not to back down in Brexit talks

DUP MP Sammy Wilson
DUP MP Sammy Wilson

Prime Minister Theresa May should walk away from Brexit negotiations with the EU with no deal rather than show "weakness", the DUP's Sammy Wilson has said.

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The MP, who is the DUP's Brexit spokesman, also hit out at "geriatric" members of the House of Lords who have voted against the Government's legislation to take Britain out of the European Union.

Mr Wilson, speaking to The Daily Telegraph, said the government will tell Brussels it is prepared to stay tied to the EU's Customs Union beyond 2021.

“I don't believe it is necessary for us to stay in beyond that period. In doing so the PM shows a sign of weakness to EU negotiators - if they stick their heels in, she will concede.

“When the PM has stuck her heels in, as she did in December, they changed the agreement," he said.

"As she did in March, when they said they wouldn't accept the legal agreement, they backed down.

“She should learn from that. Stand up to them. They need the deal, they will back down. Do this kind of thing where you sway with the wind you will come off worse.”

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The House of Lords has frustrated the government's Brexit plans by proposing 15 amendments to legislation.

Mr Wilson, whose party's is propping up the Conservative Government, said: "They are [peers] not experts. They are a bunch of geriatric members, most of whom are on the EU payroll. You expect them to vote the way they have done.”

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