Theresa May: I stick by my Irish border pledge

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MPs voted last week to send Ms May back to Brussels to renegotiate the clause, suggesting her deal would then be able to pass after it was roundly rejected in parliament last month.

Without any specific references, Ms May said that she understood "the serious concerns" that such cases raise. Protesters angered at the prospect of a hard Brexit built a mock wall across part of the Irish border in a demonstration against future border checks.

On Tuesday, May gave a speech in Belfast, where she pledged to not leave Northern Ireland behind during her discussions in Brussels.

"What Parliament has said is that they believe there should changes made to the backstop".

European Union officials have insisted that the deal - rejected by British lawmakers - is not open for renegotiation.

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With Brexit just seven weeks away, Britain's ruling Conservative Party was locked in tense negotiations with itself Monday to rework the U.K.'s divorce deal with the European Union - as the EU stood firm in ruling out any renegotiation.

With Britain's Parliament at odds over Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May gathered pro-Brexit and pro-EU Conservative lawmakers into an "alternative arrangements working group" seeking to break the deadlock.

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. A return of infrastructure on the border would have political, social and economic consequences for people in the region.

A backstop agreement set out in the withdrawal plan is unacceptable to many British lawmakers, including Foster, who calls it toxic.

They want the backstop replaced.

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But The Sunday Times said a former police officer formerly in charge of royal protection, Mr Dai Davies, expected Queen Elizabeth would be moved out of London if there was unrest. It has so far refused to put a legally-binding time limit on it.

They are disillusioned with the ambiguous stance taken by leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been a long-term eurosceptic but said he voted to Remain in 2016. Farming is particularly reliant on cross-border trade.

Fellow Irish unionist Lord Trimble, former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Good Friday Agreement, announced Monday that he backs taking legal action against the Government over the Withdrawal Agreement, saying the backstop could damage the peace deal and "do serious damage to Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland's place in the United Kingdom".

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster attends "A Better Deal" event in London, Britain, January 15, 2018.

May is seeking substantial changes to the plan she agreed with the EU. She told an audience in Belfast that her commitment to avoiding such an arrangement was "unshakeable".

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