Backstop change key to breaking Brexit deadlock, says May

UK PM drops assertion that withdrawal pact must include position of last resort

British prime minister Theresa May says she "never even considered" renegotiating the Belfast Agreement as part of the Brexit negotiations. Video: UK Parliament TV

UK prime minster Theresa May has told MPs that changes to the Northern Ireland backstop hold the key to securing a majority at Westminster for a Brexit deal.

She declined to rule out seeking changes to the text of the withdrawal agreement and has dropped her assertion that any such agreement will include a backstop – an agreement between the EU and the UK that there will be no return to a hard border on the island of Ireland.

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