DUP's Foster: The current backstop is 'toxic'

The reality of the fallout from Britain's decision to leave the EU has only in recent times come into sharp focus for most of

The reality of the fallout from Britain's decision to leave the EU has only in recent times come into sharp focus for most of

The backstop is meant to ensure there is no return to a hard border with Ireland, but Brexit supporters fear it will keep Britain tied to the EU's customs rules.

May came out against such an extension earlier on Tuesday, The Guardian reported.

"I'm determined to deliver Brexit, and determined to deliver on time - on March 29, 2019", she wrote.

However, senior Brexiteers say they will only accept the complete removal of the backstop.

What is the Irish backstop?

But anyone watching the Prime Minister in Belfast on Tuesday wouldn't have to work too hard to pick up the signs that her instincts haven't changed - she is still appears to be pinning her hopes adjusting rather than ripping up the original plan she agreed with the European Union back in November.

With Brexit just seven weeks away, Britain's ruling Conservative Party was locked in tense negotiations with itself Monday to rework the U.K.'s divorce deal with the European Union - as the EU stood firm in ruling out any renegotiation. "But, of course, there is room, if used intelligently, there is room enough to give further clarifications and further interpretations". How to handle the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland is one of the Brexit dilemmas.

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.

Germany, France and Britain to set up European transactions channel with Iran
The new entity acts as a sort of euro-denominated clearing house for Iran to conduct trade with European companies. A group of protesters chant slogans at the main gate of old grand bazaar in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 25, 2018.

Reacting to Puissesseau's comments on Tuesday, the Labour MP and supporter of the pro-EU Best for Britain campaign, Virendra Sharma, said: "Surely this is peak Chris Grayling, only this time he's gone global".

The prime minister has committed to seeking changes to the Northern Ireland "backstop" agreement which seeks to avoid a hard border with Ireland after Brexit.

Mark Francois, vice-chairman of the European Research Group of Brexiteer MPs, said that given the importance of the agreement, he would "like to think that every MP who has voted on it [the withdrawal agreement] has taken the time to read it first". 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.

Mrs May will travel to Brussels on Thursday for showdown talks but before she does so she will meet Northern Irish political leaders in Belfast.

Warnings of the consequences of a no-deal Brexit intensified last week as several multinational firms, including Airbus and Ford said jobs could suffer with an unfavourable negotiating outcome.

DUP leader Arlene Foster told BBC on Tuesday that "the current backstop" was toxic "to those of us living in Northern Ireland, and indeed for unionists right across the United Kingdom, because it would cause the break-up of the United Kingdom into the medium and longer term".

"While there were those in Northern Ireland who favoured it, it is also true that the backstop is not supported by the two main Unionist parties here and it also influenced MPs in England, Scotland and Wales in voting against the deal".

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