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DUP deals Brexit hammer blow to Boris Johnson ahead of crucial EU summit

LONDON — Boris Johnson suffered a major blow ahead of a crucial European Council summit when the DUP announced Thursday morning it was still not happy with his Brexit plan.

Party leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds issued a joint statement saying three key issues were holding up a breakthrough.

“As things stand, we could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues and there is a lack of clarity on VAT,” the pair said.

“We will continue to work with the government to try and get a sensible deal that works for Northern Ireland and protects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom.”

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