The DUP are not happy with Theresa May over border plan

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The party reacted angrily to a letter from Theresa May to DUP leader Arlene Foster, later leaked to the Times.

Arlene Foster said her party would "not be able to support this if it came to Parliament in the form that it is in the letter".

She wants a "backstop" measure which would create a temporary "joint customs territory" with the European Union for the whole of the UK.

She spoke out after "frank" exchanges with Cabinet Office minister David Lidington on the differences between the Scottish and United Kingdom governments over their approach to exiting the European Union (EU).

DUP leader Arlene Foster says alarm bells are ringing after she received a letter from Theresa May, suggesting the European Union is pushing for a border down the Irish Sea in the event of no deal.

Lidington was speaking after the DUP's Brexit spokesman, Sammy Wilson, warned that his party was prepared to vote against May's deal.

The response of the DUP has caused frustration in Downing Street, with sources insisting that Mrs May was not hiding behind "weasel words" and had stressed that she would not accept a deal which saw Northern Ireland hived off. They said May had earlier promised them it never would, and they threatened to vote against the agreement.

"For us it is a violation of the promise that was given that will be done, that we were cut off from the rest of the United Kingdom". "There were people saying to us, if we can't sell our cheddar cheese to the English, the French don't want it, the Germans don't want it, how do you actually begin to deal with all of that?", Mr Fealty said.

Negotiators watching Theresa May's mission to deliver Brexit liken her efforts to the nerve-shatteringly complex 1969 Apollo moon landing.

Foster said the British Prime Minister now has to decide if she wants to push forward with this proposal without the support of the 10 DUP MPs.

She claimed he Irish government does not need a backstop to prevent a hard border, rather it needs a "trading relationship".

That remains the bottom line in order to prevent a hard border and safeguard our political and economic stability now and for the future.

"It must be built on to ensure our rights are protected and translated into legally operable and binding text as part of any withdrawal agreement".

"A successful outcome is not guaranteed but I think it is possible in the next couple of weeks", Varadkar said at the British Irish council on Friday. She said: "I will make no bones about the fact that the Brexit experience has exposed real weaknesses within the devolution settlement that will require them to be worked through and resolved along the way".

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