PM Boris Johnson is focused on finding a Brexit deal that works and rejects the Irish backstop, DUP leader Arlene Foster has said.
Mrs Foster said Mr Johnson had set out to the European Union why a Northern Ireland-only backstop would be anti-democratic.
“We do believe that he is in the space of trying to find a deal,” she said.
Sinn Féin has warned that unionist parties cannot not be given a veto over any Brexit deal.
There is speculation the government is re-considering the idea of a so-called Stormont lock to break the impasse.
It would create a formal mechanism for consulting and seeking the approval of Northern Ireland’s devolved administration in the backstop, allowing the Stormont parties a say before any divergence between NI and GB would