DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds MP said, “The Dublin Government and the EU has weaponised the idea of an Irish backstop against the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland’s position within it.

"Their intransigence is now causing the real prospect of a no deal. The United Kingdom simply cannot agree to the backstop which would break up the United Kingdom nor to something which doesn’t actually deliver Brexit.

"Some have used and continue to abuse the border issue, and misrepresent the political process in Northern Ireland more generally, to try to subvert Brexit or detach Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom. That is totally unacceptable.

"The Prime Minister has said there is now an impasse.

"EU arrogance and its unacceptable demands are bringing the prospect of a no deal closer. Nobody wants that. If others insist on trying to break up the United Kingdom, then something radical will have to be done to get us out of the current impasse.

"We will judge any proposals about the way forward against the test of whether they preserve and respect the political, constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom with no part hived off into separate EU arrangements, and deliver a sensible overall Brexit deal for the United Kingdom.”

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