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DUP rejects May's 'cosmetic and meaningless' backstop pledges

Jan 10, 2019 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

THE Democratic Unionist Party yesterday emphatically rejected attempts to reassure it over the Irish backstop, dismissing a set of government pledges as "cosmetic and meaningless".

The crushing response came after the publication of a government paper setting out nine "commitments" to Northern Ireland designed to reinforce its "integral" place in the UK if the backstop ever kicked in.

It was hoped that the 13-page paper might assuage DUP anger over the backstop, which leaves Northern...