Raw Politics: Theresa May promises she won't leave Northern Ireland behind

Raw Politics: Theresa May promises she won't leave Northern Ireland behind

Mrs May has insisted Brexit must happen on time and repeated her position at yesterday's Cabinet meeting.

The EU will not renegotiate the divorce deal and the Irish backstop but alternatives could be worked on after Britain leaves, chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday.

Last week, a resolution was introduced in the US House of Representatives opposing the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Expressing disappointment with Mrs May's speech, Mrs O'Neill said it had contained nothing new.

She added that, with just unionists represented in the Commons, it is more important than ever to ensure that the rights of all in Northern Ireland are respected.

May is seeking substantial changes to the plan she agreed with the EU.

"What Parliament has said is that they believe there should changes made to the backstop". I don't want to see him again'. "It must be one which respects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom". "But it would buy us some time", said an European Union diplomat dealing with Brexit.

The Irish Government accused the Prime Minister of harbouring unrealistic expectations over the backstop.

UUP leader Robin Swann called on Mrs May to "deliver on her promise to remove the backstop in order to protect the Belfast Agreement and the economic and constitutional integrity of the UK".

As May struggles to find a plan that can satisfy all sides, the clock is ticking down to exit day on March 29, with companies already feeling the heat.

The bill being debated today does not solve the issue but formalises the UK's willingness to agree and pay for similar arrangements to the S1 as part of reciprocal deals.

"There can be no compromise in favour of the backstop for any period of time".

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she is seeking changes to the Withdrawal Agreement she agreed with Brussels past year in order to win the support of parliament.

"The future of Northern Ireland can not be left to majorities in England and Wales", he said.

Since last November, the Irish World has been reporting on the case of Emma de Souza, now embroiled in a lengthy legal battle with the Home Office as they argue that she - and others who have yet to go public - can not exclusively identify as Irish, seemingly contravening birthright provisions resulting from the Good Friday Agreement.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said that various "streams of work" are being investigated and commented: "All of those are being taken forward urgently". 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. "I certainly didn't hear anything that gave me great hope that the prime minister would come back with a change to the withdrawal agreement", he told the BBC. This is an act of bad faith.

Sinn Fein Leader Mary Lou McDonald, centre, Martina Anderson, left, and Michelle O'Neil, right, knock down a "mock" wall on the Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland border, near Newry on January 26.

U.K. Business Secretary Greg Clark - a proponent of keeping close economic ties with the European Union - said Monday that Nissan regarded the risk of a no-deal Brexit as "a source of damaging uncertainty".

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