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Theresa May faces 'heck of a battle' in Brussels over Northern Ireland backstop: Dodds

DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds said Theresa May now had to fight a "heck of a battle" in Brussels over the Northern Ireland backstop.

It comes after the Prime Minister saw off a rebellion in her own party securing a confidence motion with 200 votes and a majority of 83.

She did, however, have to pledge to step down before the next scheduled general election in 2022. Mrs May said she would see to get assurances from the EU on the withdrawal agreement.

The DUP has said the controversial backstop has to be binned.

"She says tonight she is going to go off and try and get legal and political changes," he told BBC's Newsnight.

"I think that is quite significant, she has recognised it is not just political declarations or reassurances necessary.

"Against that, Leo Varadkar and Jean-Claude Juncker say the Withdrawal Agreement cannot be reopened or contradicted.

"So there's going to be a heck of a battle that has to happen now."

Former Northern Ireland Secretary, and Theresa May supporter, James Brokenshire, said the Prime Minister must "recognise, listen to and act on" the concerns within her own party.

He also told the Press Association that the DUP had "reaffirmed that we need to work with them".

Mr Brokenshire added: "The public frankly want us to get on with this, they want to see it happen and that's what we're going to do."

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