BORIS Johnson will go head-to-head with Remoaner Chancellor Philip Hammond at the Democratic Unionist Party Conference this weekend the Northern Irish Party has confirmed.
Mr Johnson will speak at the Conference on Saturday while Hammond is due to speak on Friday night.
Hammond will face a tough crowd as the DUP have formally instructed it’s MPs to ignore the Supply And Confidence agreement with Theresa May’s Tories, effectively ripping up May’s £1bn deal with the DUP.
Last night the government was forced to accept a slew of opposition amendments to the Finance Bill as DUP MPs abstained as they did on Monday night.
Sources inside the DUP scotched a suggestion that the Party would back down in the face of a threat by the Treasury to pull the plug on extra funding given to Northern Ireland as part of the supply and confidence deal: “The money is not the point. Half of it has already been spent. Are they going to try and claw that back?”
With the stalling of the ERG coup, the DUP has clearly emerged as the strongest champions of Brexit within the government.