Northern Irish party DUP says would not topple British government in confidence vote

DUP lawmaker Sammy Wilson said the party would not vote to topple Theresa May in a confidence vote, but reserved the right to withdraw its support at a future date.
DUP lawmaker Sammy Wilson said the party would not vote to topple Theresa May in a confidence vote, but reserved the right to withdraw its support at a future date.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - The Northern Irish party that props up Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government would not vote to topple her in a confidence vote even if she loses a key vote on her Brexit deal next week, DUP lawmaker Sammy Wilson said.

"We would certainly not vote to topple the government because we would have no reason to do so," he told BBC radio.

But Mr Wilson said the DUP reserved the right to withdraw support for the government at a future date.

Mrs May wants to secure Parliament's approval in a Dec 11 vote for her deal to keep close ties with the EU after leaving in March, but opposition is fierce, with Brexit supporters and opponents alike wanting to thwart or derail her plan.