DUP still has 'principled objections' to May's Brexit deal

DUP still has 'principled objections' to May's Brexit deal”

His comments come after the DUP deputy leader, Nigel Dodds, insisted his party's opposition to Irish border backstop proposals had not lessened after a meeting with May on Thursday.

The DUP, which provides the Government with its majority in Parliament, believe the backstop could see regulatory borders put up between the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland indefinitely.

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

They said that they were happy to offer guarantees, clarifications and explanations to the British government and parliament, but not guarantees, clarifications and explanations that go against the spirit of the agreement.

Mr Dodds said: "The Irish Republic's "no deal" preparations published just before Christmas have laid bare the nonsense propaganda about a hard border".

"The Withdrawal Agreement, as now proposed, flies in the face of the Government's commitments on Northern Ireland as we leave the EU".

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.

According to a report in The Guardian, training for the selected police officers is set to begin later this month after senior figures in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) requested reinforcements to help deal with any disorder that might arise in the event of a hard border being restored.

The prime minister has said she would work to get more European Union "assurances" on the temporary nature of the backstop, but has repeatedly said that the current deal was final.

"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 backstop remains the poison which makes any vote for the Withdrawal Agreement so toxic".

However, EU leaders are against reopening the deal to insert such a specific clause, and speaking in Dublin on Thursday, Varadkar doubled-down on that position.

The prime minister also defended herself against critics by asking them to provide an alternative to the plan she had negotiated.

Sammy Wilson told the BBC he was "more alarmed" than ever about what the deal would mean for Northern Ireland.

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