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Brexit: May urged to secure backstop concessions from EU

Theresa May is being urged to secure changes from the EU to the Northern Irish backstop as part of her Brexit deal to get it past parliament.Ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson says winning a "freedom clause" would be "unadulterated good Brexit news". MPs on Tuesday will vote on a series of amendments to the PM's plans that could shape the future direction of Brexit. But the Irish deputy PM says changes to the backstop - aimed at preventing a hard border - would not be acceptable.The backstop is the "insurance policy" in the withdrawal deal, intended to ensure that whatever else happens, there will be no return to a visible border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after the UK leaves the EU.Both the UK and the EU belie ...