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May Brexit warning of 'unstoppable Ireland border poll pressure' in no deal

Prime Minister Theresa May (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Prime Minister Theresa May (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Theresa May has again been warned a no-deal Brexit would break up the UK creating "unstoppable pressure for a border poll,” in Northern Ireland, it has been reported.

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The warning has been reported in the Financial Times on Monday and comes as the Prime Minister prepares to table her Brexit deal to parliament for a fourth time next month.  She has promised a "new, bold" offer in a bid to win over support.

The Financial Times reports Downing Street will tell Tories if the deal is defeated it will risk either an no-deal exit, a second referendum or another general election.

The Prime Minister's chief of staff Gavin Barwell is reported to have told Conservative MPs a no-deal Brexit would create tensions in Northern Ireland.

Officials told the paper it was thought Scotland would soon follow with its own demands for independence and a similar sentiment would develop in Wales.

Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement a border poll could only be called if the secretary of state believed a majority would vote in favour of reunification.

The DUP has vehemently opposed the Prime Minister's withdrawal agreement due to concerns that the so-called backstop to avoid a hard border in Ireland would threaten the Union with Britain.

The party has said there is nothing new in Mrs May's fourth attempt to win Commons support for her deal.

Writing in The Sunday Times Theresa May said her fourth attempt at getting her withdrawal agreement through parliament would "represent a new, bold offer with an improved package of measures".

"It will deliver a Brexit that honours the decision the British people took in the referendum with a Brexit that is good for jobs, good for our security, and which sets the whole UK on course for a bright future outside the EU," she said.

She said passing the withdrawal agreement was essential to an orderly negotiated Brexit.

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