'We're heading for no deal Brexit,' Northern Ireland DUP lawmaker says

'We're heading for no deal Brexit,' Northern Ireland DUP lawmaker says

'We're heading for no deal Brexit,' Northern Ireland DUP lawmaker says

"These ideas are not backstops at all and don't deliver the UK's obligations", the spokesman said.

Geoffrey Cox, the British attorney general and a supporter for the Leave campaign, has been given a permanent seat on British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit war cabinet, according to a major British newspaper, the Sunday Telegraph.

The EU originally proposed keeping Northern Ireland alone under EU customs rules and other economic regulations in order to avoid disrupting the peace in the province by setting up barriers on the Irish border, the only EU-UK land frontier.

British housing minister James Brokenshire said on Sunday there was still an issue around Northern Ireland in the Brexit talks, referring to a yet-to-be finalised "backstop" arrangement which would prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland if no better solution can be found.

But talks over Britain's withdrawal terms remain stuck due to a dispute over the Irish border, and the outlines of a potential deal taking shape look little like what the leave camp promised two years ago.

Another government figure speculated that Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab could resign over the issue of the Irish backstop.

Negotiations between Britain and the European Union (EU) over Britain's departure from the bloc have stalled over the issue of the border between EU member Ireland and the United Kingdom's (UK) Northern Ireland.

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Ahead of Mrs May's cabinet meeting, sources here said the situation was at its "most sensitive yet" and she will be "dancing on the head of a pin" to secure agreement on the deal in her government.

"The Taoiseach (Prime Minister) indicated an openness to consider proposals for a review, provided that it was clear that the outcome of any such review could not involve a unilateral decision to end the backstop", the statement said. "Can't understand why Irish Government seems so intent on this course".

Ireland insists that there must be no border infrastructure, the DUP insists Northern Ireland must not be treated differently from mainland Britain, and Brexiteers say Britain must have the right to do its own trade deals after Brexit.

She said: "Apparently, this is a survey that has been conducted of 20,000 people". The backstop is created to ensure there is no return to a hard-border in Ireland and has proved to be a sticking point in negotiations.

"This is the backstop", he added, saying the United Kingdom had agreed that it would apply "unless and until" a close future relationship eliminated any need for Border infrastructure and checks.

He added: "We hope a deal can be done but we're not there yet".

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