UK DUP Considers Backstop the 'Poison' in Brexit Deal

Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street after a confidence vote by Conservative Party members of parliament in London Britain

It comes hours after some Tory Brexiteers appeared to be willing to risk a no-deal exit from the EU.

The Irish Examiner reported that a Democratic Unionist Party deputy leader has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to stand firm in requiring that the European Union changes its "poison" backstop provision on Northern Ireland's post-Brexit border.

Last month, May pulled a vote on the brokered withdrawal agreement, settled on in November after more than a year of back-and-forth negotiations between London and Brussels, acknowledging it would have been roundly rejected by the UK's lower chamber House of Commons.

Labour's current policy is to push for a general election if Mrs May fails to get her Brexit deal through Parliament next week.

"I don't think anyone can say what will happen in terms of the reaction we see in Parliament", she told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show yesterday.

Following the cancelled vote, May survived a leadership challenge triggered by disgruntled Eurosceptics in her party and has been back to Brussels to try and get additional reassurances about the so-called Irish backstop which was a major sticking point in opposition to the deal.

"The EU has shown in the past that it will move but only if faced with a resolute red line on the part of the United Kingdom government", deputy DUP leader Nigel Dodds said in a statement.

Emily Thornberry said her party would be happy to "go back to the people" if it won power at a snap general election but failed to get its own Brexit plans through.

She warned in the Mail on Sunday newspaper that critics of her Brexit deal risk damaging Britain's democracy and its economy by opposing her plan.

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But she added: "If Parliament says 'This is just nonsense, this is no better than Theresa May's [deal],' we will put our hands up to that. It was leave or remain, and the way you leave is to come out on March 29".

But she admitted she had no way of knowing what might happen if MPs rejected her deal, adding that the country would be in uncharted territory.

May tried to sell her deal in a TV interview on the BBC on Sunday, roughly one week ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote on the agreement.

The group is concerned about the effect of a no-deal Brexit on the manufacturing industry.

Reports this weekend suggest that Downing Street are planning to put the deal before parliament up to 30 times in an attempt to bludgeon MPs into backing it in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

"The EU has made clear that this is the deal that is on the table", she said.

More Britons want to remain a member of the European Union than leave, according to a survey published on Sunday (6 January) which also showed voters want to make the final decision themselves, writes William James.

The YouGov poll of more than 25,000 people indicated a second referendum is backed by 75% of Labour voters.

Tonia Antoniazzi, Labour MP for Gower, said: "I feel particularly strongly that this stasis, this logjam that we are in is making the public extremely frustrated".

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