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Fearing Brexit, protesters gather along Irish border

Fearing Brexit, protesters gather along Irish border

According to Reuters news reports, the decision to dismiss May's Brexit deal has left it unclear whether, when and how Britain will leave the bloc with any agreement.

Any divergence in the rules between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom could lead to internal boundaries equivalent to a border in the Irish Sea, backstop critics fear.

The DUP believes binding Northern Ireland to single market rules would create a regulatory border between the region and the rest of the United Kingdom - a move, it contends, that would undermine the constitutional integrity of the Union.

Nigel Dodds, the DUP Westminster leader, dealt a hammer blow to the prime minister's hopes of bringing her deal back to the Commons for a fourth time, by insisting the party's 10 MPs would not drop their opposition.

"There can not be a hard border across Ireland", she said.

"We will be pressing the case that in a crash-out Brexit, the European Union must continue to act in the interests of all Ireland and support for our agreements, rights and economy", she said.

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The critical need to prevent a "downward spiral" from turmoil in London and a potential no-deal exit from damaging the rest of Europe is now the priority of the EU's 27 remaining governments, according to a diplomatic note of talks between envoys in Brussels last week.

Her Cabinet is split, with some ministers urging her to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union without a deal on April 12 and others saying they'd quit if that becomes her policy.

He added: "For our part, we will continue to use our position and influence within Parliament and with the Government to strongly argue the case for Northern Ireland and to work through each of the legislative stages in Parliament to eliminate the risk of Northern Ireland and its place within the internal market in the UK. I want to leave with many deals, but not the withdrawal agreement".

On Monday, MPs will hold a second series of indicative votes on different Brexit options after none of the eight options considered - including a customs union with the EU and a "confirmatory second" referendum - was able to command a majority in the first round.

ADS chief executive Paul Everitt, who speaks for the UK's aerospace sector, said: "The continued confusion in Government and Parliament has gone on for far too long and is costing industry millions of pounds in lost investment and preparations for the worst outcome of no deal".


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