May seeks to reassure citizens of Northern Ireland over Brexit

May seeks to reassure citizens of Northern Ireland over Brexit

"But we will find a way to deliver Brexit that honours our commitments to Northern Ireland, that commands broad support across the community in Northern Ireland and that secures a majority in the Westminster Parliament, which is the best way to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland".

But the DUP insisted Mrs May must remain resolute in pressing Brussels for legally binding changes to the withdrawal agreement.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May in Belfast.

The backstop would only come into place if the United Kingdom and the European Union failed to reach a comprehensive trade agreement by December 2020, the end of the transition period set out in the withdrawal agreement.

She will meet Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props her minority government and which opposes the current backstop agreement.

"In particular as the Whips' Office have been such enthusiastic proponents, I would be intrigued to know how numerous whips have read all 585 pages before trying to persuade us how good of a thing it is".

But The Sunday Times said a former police officer formerly in charge of royal protection, Mr Dai Davies, expected Queen Elizabeth would be moved out of London if there was unrest. It's been two years in the making, since the Leave campaign won by a slim margin, 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent, in the June 2016 referendum vote.

Seeking to ease fears about the return of customs posts and vehicle checks, May said during a visit to Belfast that the British government is committed to preventing the construction of a physical border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.'s Northern Ireland after Britain leaves the European Union.

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She will add that she hopes steps can be taken to restoring devolution.

Clark himself told the Financial Times that Nissan told him their decision was "a warning sign" of the damage that a no-deal Brexit could have on Britain's auto sector. "I think to extend simply because we hadn't reached an agreement would not provide any impetus for that agreement to be reached".

The border area was a flashpoint during the decades of conflict that cost 3,700 lives.

The EU has repeatedly said it will not amend the backstop, but Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz suggested the bloc could agree to some form of legal assurances on how it might be used.

Angela Merkel is preparing a last minute intervention to pressure Dublin to accept a hi-tech solution to the Irish border if Britain can offer one, it was claimed today. "People on either sides of the border will be able to live their lives as they do now", she said. She rejected the suggestion of seeking alternative arrangements for the backstop constituted "ripping up the Good Friday Agreement", the basis of the UK-Ireland peace process.

"We know the only way to do that is the issue of the backstop, the backstop which Theresa May and her Government negotiated with the EU".

Green Party leader Clare Bailey described Mrs May's speech as "weak and watery words from a weak and wobbly Prime Minister".

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