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Dodds: DUP to vote against May's deal

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds said on Monday that his party will vote against United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal given that the issue of the Irish backstop has not been resolved.

"The deal is not something we feel we could support because it doesn't deliver Brexit and it doesn't safeguard the Union," Dodds stated. "As things stand," he added, "we couldn't support Theresa May's deal." Asked whether March 29, the day the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union, will be met with no deal, Dodds replied that the EU needs to "realize that the deal that's on the table is not going to get through the House of Commons" and that it needs to fix the agreement "through dealing with the Irish backstop protocol and the fact that it traps us indefinitely into a position that is injurious to Northern Ireland position both economically and constitutionally."

Earlier, presidents of the European Council and European Commission, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker promised May in a letter they will work towards ensuring that the contentious Irish backstop clause is never triggered, while PM May claimed that Britain has secured "valuable assurances" from the EU, promising to share the letter's contents to MPs later in the day.

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