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Clegg warns May's DUP deal is harming UK

By David Young, PA

Theresa May's "marriage of convenience" with the DUP is preventing her from taking courageous decisions on the long-term future of the UK post-Brexit, Sir Nick Clegg has said.

The former Lib Dem leader said the Prime Minister's reliance on DUP votes was harming the UK national interest in the Brexit negotiations.

"It complicates things enormously," he said on a Dublin visit with fellow Remainers Lord Heseltine and Lord Adonis.

"It significantly restricts her ability to act more courageously on this crucial issue of the border. It has further hemmed in the ability of the Government to act wisely and courageously for the long-term future of the UK and also all these issues that affect the island of Ireland.

"At some point Theresa May is going to have to take big decisions for the long-term future of the country, not just for the long-term future of this cobbled-together majority she has assembled in parliament."

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