The DUP has described a gathering with the Irish International Minister in regards to the Brexit deal as “helpful however frank”.
Gregory Campbell was talking at Stormont, the place Simon Coveney has held discussions with political leaders.
Earlier, the tanaiste stated the DUP had turned down an preliminary provide to fulfill him throughout his go to to Belfast. Mr Campbell stated till Thursday, “no particular request” had been made.
Mr Coveney stated the assembly had been open and strong, however respectful.
Mr Campbell, MP for East Londonderry, informed reporters that if the Irish authorities was not clear on the DUP’s opposition to the withdrawal settlement earlier than, “they’ve little doubt now”.
The DUP – and different events throughout Parliament – have vowed to vote down the deal within the Commons subsequent Tuesday.
Theresa Could has been attempting to supply assurances to MPs over the Irish border backstop, however up to now they’ve been dismissed.
Mr Campbell stated until substantial modifications have been made, the deal would fall – however that the DUP would hold the door “open” for additional discussions on a means ahead.
He accused Mr Coveney of “clinging” on to the backstop, when the DUP felt it’s pointless as commitments have been made by governments to keep away from a return to a tough border on the island of Eire.
He described the backstop as a “bogeyman”.
Mr Coveney’s authorities has rejected UK proposals to present the Stormont meeting a say over new EU guidelines for NI, if the border backstop got here into impact.
The Irish authorities has urged assist for Theresa Could’s Brexit deal, regardless of criticism from the DUP and different events at Westminster over the backstop proposal.
“We wish to be useful to the prime minister and useful to the method, however we won’t undermine the deal struck with the EU, and the authorized textual content of the withdrawal settlement,” Mr Coveney stated.
“There needs to be a effective steadiness.”
Talking earlier on BBC Good Morning Ulster Mr Coveney stated: “We is probably not convincing [the DUP MP] Sammy Wilson however that is not the identical as convincing unionism.
“We’re not attempting to bypass the DUP however they can’t have a veto over this course of.”
Mr Coveney additionally stated the DUP did “not converse for all of unionism”.
He added that he was not “attempting to meddle” within the affairs of the British authorities, however that he had an obligation to guard the pursuits of the island of Eire as an entire.
Sinn Féin additionally met with Mr Coveney at Stormont.
Vice President Michelle O’Neill stated there might be “no room for renegotation” on the withdrawal settlement.
“It’s crucially essential that the tanaiste and the Irish authorities continues to face up for the individuals right here within the north,” she stated.
Earlier on Thursday, Naomi Lengthy stated Parliament must “cease chasing unicorns” and get its act collectively on Brexit because the vote looms nearer.
Mrs Lengthy stated there have been now solely two choices on the desk.
She stated both parliament backed the present deal – and the Irish border backstop – or sought the revocation or extension of Article 50.
She additionally stated there was no such factor as a “managed no deal” Brexit.
The SDLP chief Colum Eastwood stated Labour wanted to vary its stance on the backstop.
Jeremy Corbyn has stated EU withdrawal settlement quantities to a “de facto Irish Sea border” and has vowed his MPs will vote it down subsequent week.
Mr Eastwood stated there now wanted to be a full defence of the backstop, which was a part of a “smart” deal for Northern Eire.
MPs have been debating the withdrawal settlement forward of a Commons vote subsequent Tuesday, which the federal government is predicted to lose.