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DUP 'pushing back hard' on new NI backstop proposal

By Faisal Islam, political editor
The DUP is "pushing back hard" against an attempt to win its approval for a potential Irish border backstop compromise already signalled by Theresa May, Sky News sources say.
Sky News has established that informal sounding out with the DUP to accept some increased forms of checks "in the Irish Sea" between Northern Ireland and Great Britain is occurring - including at the margins of Conservative Conference.
A DUP delegation including leader Arlene Foster arrived in Birmingham on Monday.A DUP source said: "The PM understands our red line. No new border in the Irish Sea. Respect the economic and constitutional integrity of the UK."A separate source said "a number of different hybrid models" are being floated, all of which provide for UK-wide alignment with relevant EU customs union rules.
DUP 'pushing back hard' on new NI backstop proposal

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It will also provide for Northern Ireland's specific regulatory alignment with the Single Market and technological checks, as well as extra physical checks on food and agriculture on UK trade going into ports in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.The proposals are designed to both create some freedom for the UK to start external trade negotiations, but also maintain the trading conditions for an open border in Ireland.:: Philip Hammond compares Theresa May's Brexit plan to the light bulbThe government is trying to meet a deadline imposed at the Salzburg summit of coming up with a detailed proposed backstop by the time of the October EU Summit.This is in order to confirm with the EU27 the date of a special November summit to sign a wider withdrawal deal.
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