Seven days before the vote on the Withdrawal Agreement and on the same day that the government has been defeated three times in Parliament, Nigel Dodds, the Parliamentary leader of the Democratic Unionist Party has said he would be “happy” to face a General Election.
A real shot across Theresa May’s bow: DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds has just told the Commons he’d be happy for another General Election because he’s confident his party will be returned in “greater numbers”.
— Andrew Gwynne MP (@GwynneMP) 4 December 2018
The comments made by Dodds indicate that the DUP are willing to go all the way to bring down the government if they cannot stop the passage of the Withdrawal Agreement however the Fixed Term Parliament Act would still mean practically that Tory MP’s would have to vote for a General Election happen as it requires 2/3s of MP’s to back the motion.
MP’s have now begun a record-breaking 5 day marathon debate on the Withdrawal Agreement with the vote on Tuesday December 11th.