European Union officials warned to prepare for no-deal Brexit

Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney said the backstop cannot be time-limited

The former Brexit minister, now a senior figure in the fight against the Prime Minister with the hardline European Research Group, previously said 80 Conservatives would be prepared to oppose the Prime Minister if her deal with the EU kept Britain too closely aligned to it.

One source told the BBC: "If Theresa May doesn't take our concerns on board, we will take the view that she is not the leader to take us through to a safe Brexit".

She has come under growing pressure from Brexit-backing Tories to drop the plan agreed by the Cabinet at her country residence in July and instead seek a Canada-style free trade deal.

If 40 of her lawmakers voted against a possible deal, the fate of the government and exit process would depend on the opposition Labour Party, which has indicated it will vote against nearly any deal May might secure.

Speaking earlier on Sky News DUP MP Sammy Wilson said he believed there was no way forward in the Brexit negotiations "unless the Prime Minister is prepared to kick back at this late stage on the belligerent demands we have had from the European Union on Northern Ireland".

The Prime Minister said: "I would hope that everybody across this whole House will put the national interest first".

A Brexit sign is seen between Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and Londonderry in Northern Ireland at the border village of Muff, Ireland, February 1, 2018.

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- Treasury minister John Glen backed a previous prediction by the Bank of England that around 5,000 financial services jobs will have been shifted out of London by "Day One" on March 29.

At his latest appearance in parliament, where divisions over how to leave the European Union were on display, Raab moved to downplay one of the thorniest parts of the talks - a so-called backstop arrangement to prevent the return of a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

According to one of the academics who conducted "The Future of England Study", unionists' preference for Brexit over the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom "raises questions about the type of union we're in, and indeed what unionism means". But he stressed: "Brexit was not our choice". Progress report on #SecurityUnion. They know where we stand.

"But as far as security is concerned, it is very important in order to ensure the security of our citizens and safety for our countries to keep working together in the future".

But Mr Barnier's comments suggest there is still a long way to go before the crucial issues are settled.

Just minutes before the news broke that the DUP is considering voting down the budget, a Downing Street source was asked if Mrs May felt she could rely on DUP votes in parliament.

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