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The DUP are not happy with Theresa May over border plan

10 November 2018

Visit: DUP leader Arlene Foster arrives in Dublin.

This backstop - created to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland - would be the last resort option and come into effect only if future trade negotiations failed to produce a solution for preserving the open Irish border.

She said the problem with Mrs May's letter is that she has confirmed there will be a Northern Ireland specific backstop and the Chequers plan for the rest of the UK.

The response of the DUP has caused frustration in Downing Street, with sources insisting that Mrs May was not hiding behind "weasel words" and had stressed that she would not accept a deal which saw Northern Ireland hived off.

DUP leader Foster suggested that her party's position had support from senior Conservative Party figures saying that Mrs May had "a job of work to do to get this through cabinet".

"It appears the Prime Minister is wedded to the idea of a border down the Irish Sea with Northern Ireland in the European Union single market regulatory regime".

"It appears the Prime Minister is wedded to the idea of a border down the Irish Sea with Northern Ireland in the European Union single market regulatory regime".

Toaiseach Leo Varadkar told a meeting of British and Irish officials on the Isle of Man that while negotiations were still at a "sensitive point", he was hopeful an agreement could be struck in the coming weeks.

"That is why we're seeking on that is legally operative and one that gives us that guarantee that is necessary".

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"I'm hopeful that it can be done in the next few weeks, I think it is more likely than not that we will be able to conclude an agreement in the next few weeks before the end of the year", he said.

"Brexit is going to go on for a very long period of time".

DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson said "we want to trust the Prime Minister" but "you have to judge any promise by what is actually delivered in an agreement".

The party's Westminster leader, Mr Dodds, warned on Sky News: "I think the prime minister will hopefully realise what can be got through parliament and what can't".

"It's entirely appropriate that they should be communicating on an issue of real importance to all of us".

"But there are other political parties as well, who represent the majority of pepole in Northern Ireland, and there's also Northern Ireland business and Northern Ireland farmers, and people that live in Northern Ireland".

A Cabinet minister said the plan has been developed to ensure the worst elements of a no-deal Brexit could be eased, but they also pointed out it could be beneficial to the United Kingdom in the long run.

"My objective when it comes to trade is to do everything we can to avoid the emergence of any new borders among any of us", said Mr Varadkar. "But Brexit has given rise to a hard situation and we need to resolve that".

In a letter to the DUP sent this week, May said the EU was insisting that a backstop which keeps Northern Ireland wedded to the single market and customs union is included in the deal now being negotiated in Brussels.

The DUP are not happy with Theresa May over border plan