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Sammy Wilson says May's attempts to spin 'new and improved' Brexit deal 'won't wash' with DUP

Sammy Wilson
Sammy Wilson

The DUP's Sammy Wilson has said Theresa May's attempts to "rebrand" her Brexit deal "won't wash" with his party.

Theresa May has said a "new and improved" deal will be put to MPs when they vote on the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill in early June.

However the Prime Minister has yet to reveal what changes, if any, have been made to the deal.

DUP East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson said his party will not support the deal.

“Whilst the full details of the Prime Minister’s ‘new improved’ Brexit deal are not fully revealed yet, it is clear that the fatal defects which caused it to be rejected three times will still be contained in it," he said.

"She might try to present this as a new more acceptable deal but it is still the same old, nation destroying, economic wrecking, roll-over surrender to Brussels."

DUP leader Arlene Foster with Theresa May. (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA)

Mr Wilson, whose party entered into a confidence and supply agreement with the Conservatives, said May's attempt to repackage the same deal is similar to actions of detergent companies in the past.

In fact it almost sounds like a detergent advert – new and improved but same old bottle. DUP MP Sammy Wilson

"It won’t wash, regardless of how she tries to spin it. She can put it on the highest spin speed in the Downing Street washing machine but it will still be apparent that it has all the same stains as the original Withdrawal Agreement.

"Mrs May, may wish to put herself through the wringer when she puts it through the House of Commons again but it is clear from my sounding of people within her own party, including those who voted for it the last time, they will be opposing it the next time.

"They have not been fooled by her tacky and transparent advertising jargon.”

MPs will vote on the bill, which would bring the withdrawal agreement into law- in the week beginning June 3.

If the bill is not passed, the default position is that the UK will leave the EU on October 31 without a deal.

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