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PM to defend Brexit strategy on Northern Ireland visit

Theresa May will try to reassure people in Northern Ireland that she can secure a Brexit deal that avoids a hard border with Ireland during a visit later. In a speech to business leaders, the prime minister will pledge to secure a deal with the EU that "commands broad support" and a majority in parliament.The DUP leader Arlene Foster said the "toxic backstop" remained the problem.Brussels was "unfortunately turning their face against that" and needed respect for unionism in NI, she added.Mrs Foster spoke out as the European Commission confirmed the prime minister will visit Brussels on Thursday for talks with its president Jean-Claude Juncker. This follows a visit by the Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar on Wednesday. What is the G ...