Opposition calls for parliamentary debate, saying women risk being criminalised if two-child limit is imposed in region

Labour is raising the alarm about a government attempt to extend to Northern Ireland a policy that imposes a two-child limit on universal credit recipients unless a woman can show she has been raped.

The move could place Theresa May on a collision course with the Democratic Unionist party, on whom she is relying on for her minority government to win votes in Westminster.

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