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PM defends Brexit strategy on Northern Ireland visit – BBC News

PM defends Brexit strategy on Northern Ireland visit – BBC News

Theresa May is trying to reassure people in Northern Ireland that she can secure a Brexit deal that avoids a hard border with Ireland.

In a speech to business leaders in Belfast, the PM pledged to secure a deal with the EU that “commands broad support” and a majority in parliament.

The DUP leader, Arlene Foster, said the “toxic backstop” remained the problem.

Brussels was “unfortunately turning their face against that” and needed respect for unionism in NI, she added.

Mrs Foster spoke out as the European Commission confirmed the prime minister will visit Brussels on Thursday for talks with its president Jean-Claude Juncker.

This follows a visit by Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar on Wednesday.

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