Northern Irish kingmakers: We will not support May's Brexit deal

Northern Irish kingmakers: We will not support May's Brexit deal

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that he held a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday morning during which both leaders agreed that no reassurances or guarantees sought by the British side should contradict what has been agreed in the Withdrawal Agreement.

This arrangement would see the United Kingdom remain closely aligned to European Union rules if the two sides' future relationship is not settled by the end of 2020, when the proposed transition period will end, or if another way is not found of preventing physical checks on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

He reiterated the party's concerns over the proposed Northern Ireland border backstop, which proponents in Europe and the Irish Republic have called an insurance policy to protect frictionless all-island trade.

The DUP's Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson has said "there's not" any way in which his party can support the Prime Minister's Brexit deal.

Mr Dodds said: "Theresa May still insists that what she has negotiated is a good deal".

Officers will be pulled from their regular duties, with the extra back up needed due to equipment and tactics in Northern Ireland differing from those used in the rest of the UK.

In a statement on Twitter, Dodds said: "The withdrawal agreement, as now proposed, flies in the face of the government's commitments on Northern Ireland as we leave the EU".

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"Indeed, its becoming clearer by the day that no one is ever going to construct such a border".

"EU spokespersons have gone out of their way to reiterate that there will be no renegotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement. With this clarity emerging in London, Dublin and Brussels, there is evidently no need for the aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement which have been so vigorously opposed by a broad cross section of the House of Commons".

"Brussels must now demonstrate that if it truly cares about Northern Ireland, then erecting a new east-west barrier should be no more palatable than having any new north-south barriers", he added.

The lack of movement from the DUP and the Irish means May is facing an increasingly hard battle to get her deal through Parliament within the next two weeks as planned.

Mr Varadkar said both leaders chose to "stand by" the agreement.

The comments follow a statement by the DUP's leader at Westminster rebuffing Downing Streets efforts to win the Unionists over.

Mr Wilson added: "Both the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom have said they will not impose any new infrastructure at the border which could be the focus of any attack so it is hard to ascertain what eventualities the officers would train for".

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