British PM remains opposed to Northern Ireland-only backstop -DUP

  • British PM remains opposed to Northern Ireland-only backstop -DUP

British PM remains opposed to Northern Ireland-only backstop -DUP

Separately, DUP leader Arelene Foster has said her party was working with Mr Johnson to find a deal that sees Northern Ireland leave the European Union with the rest of the UK.

Ms McDonald said Sinn Féin has always been an enthusiastic participant in power sharing, however, she said the party has run into immovable and ongoing roadblocks.

She said that Brexit is the greatest threat and challenge faced by Ireland in a generation.

"So It's time to call Mr Johnson's fantasy for what it is - profoundly stupid and immeasurably unsafe".

It is understood to be the largest ever known donation to a political party in Northern Ireland.

The question: could a Northern Irish backstop break the Brexit deadlock?

The comment comes only a few hours before Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with D.U.P. leader, Arlene Foster and D.U.P. leader in the House of Commons, Nigel Dodds in No. 10 Downing Street.

"He obviously saw in Sinn Fein an organisation that is full square for Irish unity, for progress and for peace and prosperity in Ireland but also a party that stands full square against the political establishment", Ms McDonald added.

Ms McDonald said the stakes are very, very high and North and South are in the situation together.

She accused the DUP of "recklessly" pursuing a Brexit that will damage peoples' livelihoods.

But the fact the project has been developed shows the lengths the Government is prepared to try to unpick the problems it faces with a potential border between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom post-Brexit.

Sinn Féin lost half of its councillors and two of its MEPs in the elections in May.