DUP says backstop the `poison´ in Brexit deal

Leo Varadkar

Theresa May's Brexit deal is a bigger threat to Northern Ireland than a no deal, the DUP's Brexit spokesman has warned.

The Democratic Unionists now prop up the Conservative government, and have been outwardly opposed to the backstop.

Mr Dodds continued that the Irish Government's no-deal preparations, as published just before Christmas, have exposed the hard border as a mere piece of propaganda.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable called on the government to protect security in Northern Ireland by ending the "brinksmanship" over a no-deal exit from the EU.

"EU spokespersons have gone out of their way to reiterate that there will be no renegotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement".

Students from Northern Ireland now pay 3,000 euro (£2,700) a year towards their tuition, the same as those from Ireland and the rest of the EU.

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".


The plans were put in place after Northern Ireland police chiefs asked for reinforcements to deal with any trouble that arises from a hard border.

Mr Wilson claimed the backstop was "a con trick all along", adding that his party was "totally relaxed" about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit if parliament can not agree on any negotiated solution.

"It is potentially indefinite in time, would place a barrier between us and our main trading partner in Great Britain and give enormous leverage to the European Union in the negotiations on the future relationship with the United Kingdom".

In comments that underline the difficulty Mrs May faces in getting her deal through the Commons this month, Sammy Wilson said there was "not any way" in which the DUP could support the Prime Minister's deal.

"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.

So she will need the support of some of the Labour Party's 257 lawmakers or to win over swathes of her own party and the DUP.

"For all of those reasons, I think that what will happen at the end of the day is, even if we left with a no deal, it would be in Europe's interests to say 'let's have a tariff-free arrangement and continue with what we have to do".

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