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

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