DUP leader reveals `useful discussion & # 39; with PM for the …

DUP leader reveals `useful discussion & # 39; with PM prior to the confidence vote

Press Association

Arlene Foster said she had a "useful discussion" with Theresa May and confirmed that the party will support the Prime Minister during the vote of confidence on Wednesday.

The DUP leader said that at a meeting in London, which was also attended by the Westminster leader of the Nigel Dodds party, she had indicated that her party would "act in the national interest".

She added that the issue of the backstop, the main bottleneck for the DUP in the canceled call of Ms. May, "must be addressed and we will continue to work towards that goal".

In a statement after the meeting, Mrs Foster said: "These are critical moments for the United Kingdom and we have indicated that we will act first and foremost in the national interest.

"Lessons have to be learned from the vote in Parliament.

"The issue of the backstop must be addressed and we will continue to work towards that goal."

DUP leader Arlene Foster interviewed Theresa May (Michael Cooper / PA)

DUP leader Arlene Foster interviewed Theresa May (Michael Cooper / PA)

She confirmed that the party will vote in support of the government "so that we can concentrate on the real challenges ahead".

There will be "further commitments in the coming days," she added.

Mrs Foster said earlier that she urged the prime minister to go back to Europe and seek a better deal, and called on the Irish government to help find solutions for Brexit.

She also claimed that there had never been a hard limit on the island of Ireland.

She told the U105 radio in Northern Ireland: "For those of us who lived at the border and were attacked by the IRA, we know that the IRA escaped that border, so it was not a hard line, nobody wants to go back to that .

"It takes the will to look for solutions and it is regrettable that the Republic of Ireland has not been in the solution search mode.

"I hope they are now, I hope that our prime minister used that voice last night to go to Europe and look for a better deal."

The 10 members of the DUP voted on Tuesday against the draft withdrawal agreement of Theresa May.

The opposition had focused on the backstop, an insurance policy to avoid a hard Irish border after the Brexit.

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