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Gerard O'Regan: 'DUP fails to realise playing hardball on Brexit could kill union with UK'

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'Nigel Dodds needs to be careful what he wishes for. Events could lead to a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government in power.' Photo: AFP/Getty Images

'Nigel Dodds needs to be careful what he wishes for. Events could lead to a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government in power.' Photo: AFP/Getty Images

'Nigel Dodds needs to be careful what he wishes for. Events could lead to a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government in power.' Photo: AFP/Getty Images

The backstop is a calcul- ated risk - and I have never made any pretence about my love for the backstop. But without the backstop we would not have been able to get the Irish Government to take part in negotiations. It's very seldom mentioned - but the backstop is not just for the Irish Republic. It's also necessary for the reassurance of the moderate nationalist community in Northern Ireland.

"I think for them to understand there is no possibility of a return of a hard Border is one of the ways we underpin the stability of the union."


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