No deal scenario could make united Ireland more likely - May

EU tells Theresa May they don't want Irish backstop to last forever

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She later branded the Irish border backstop "toxic" and said her party's 10 MPs would vote against the Withdrawal Agreement. At the top of it, the enforcer of the UK Conservative party Gareth Johnson said he quits the UK government the day before the meaningful vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

"The Brexit process has been defined by a flawed concept, incompatible red-lines, unrealistic expectations and imaginary solutions".

The Brexit-supporting Conservative MP warns that the controversial "back stop" in the agreement to stop the Northern Ireland peace agreement falling apart "ensures we will be fettered in our ability to negotiate trade deals with other nations in future".

The DUP says the scale of the defeat last night means the backstop can not remain in the deal, but Irish thinking is unlikely to budge.

The Federation of Small Business in Northern Ireland said time was running out to avoid "a chaotic no-deal".

In a private conversation afterwards Mr Ross asked Mr Coveney: '[On] the border one, should I not have said that?'

"A no-deal Brexit means that Northern Ireland households will face higher prices and less choice on the shelves something they can ill afford".

Retail NI's chief executive Glyn Roberts said although Mrs May's deal was not "perfect", it still represented a path towards some form of certainty.

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The Democratic Unionist Party leader said Simon Coveney had confirmed to her that the Prime Minister had not made the request.

"We are now closer than ever to the possibility of a no deal that will be a disaster for Northern Ireland".

The statement reads: "The Government urges the United Kingdom to set out how it proposes to move forward".

"The government now needs to work on a cross-party basis with Labour and other opposition parties to reach a broader agreement for a withdrawal deal and secure the transition period, protect jobs and a positive future relationship with the European Union".

British-Irish Chamber director John McGrane said his organisation regretted the result.

The chamber believes the passing of the Withdrawal Agreement is the only option now available that will ensure Brexit happens in an orderly way.

He said the focus must be on avoiding the "unintended consequence" of Brexit which he said would be "any physical border infrastructure or related border checks or controls".

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