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The DUP Commons leader Nigel Dodds told the BBC in Northern Ireland today’s backstop deal was a “massive step forward” because it extended the regulatory alignment to the whole of the UK while negotiations on the final trade relationship were ongoing.

“Theresa May has stuck to her word that no PM could countenance a border in the Irish Sea … our red line has not been breached,” he told Sky News in Ireland.

Nigel Dodds MP, DUP deputy leader: “Theresa May has stuck to her word that no PM could countenance a border in the Irish Sea… our red line has not been breached.” #Backstop #Brexit

According to the Sun’s Tom Newton Dunn, some in Number 10 have been declaring victory over David Davis.

No10 folk are claiming a clear victory for the PM/Olly Robbins over DD. Clever drafting means “she’s done him like a kipper again”. This, to us, is particularly ouch; pic.twitter.com/2Bpe1e5Jze

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