Hardline Tory MPs reject Sunak’s Northern Ireland Brexit plan

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Verdict by European Research Group follows decision on Monday by DUP to also reject deal

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The European Research Group (ERG) of hardline Brexiter Conservative MPs has formally rejected Rishi Sunak’s revised plan for trading arrangements in Northern Ireland, increasing the potential size of a Tory rebellion against the plan.

The ERG, which remains influential, if not to the same extent as during the Brexit negotiations under Theresa May, has said it cannot accept the so-called Windsor framework, unveiled last month by Sunak after talks with Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president.

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