Britons would back 'remain' in new Brexit vote: Channel 4 poll

Leo Varadkar said he has a good relationship with DUP leader Arlene Foster

British trade minister Liam Fox said on Tuesday that it was "impossible" for him to say if a Brexit deal can be reached with the European Union this month or next, but he added Britain wants an agreement.

Throwing this "compromise" out, the DUP's Westminster leader Nigel Dodds said: "If Northern Ireland is subject to EU Single Market regulations, then it will also be subject to the [European Court of Justice] in some form as the arbiter of those regulations".

In the letter, they caution of the economic damage that would pursue "either a destructive or blindfold Brexit", prior to the launch of Business for a People's Vote, a new campaign group.

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Prime Minister on Monday that he was ready to consider a review mechanism as part of a "backstop" arrangement to keep the border with Northern Ireland open after Brexit.

"We're confident we can get a good deal, good for all four corners of the United Kingdom". "We have always said it is better to have a deal than no deal", he said.

The statement comes as a report in one of Britain's leading newspapers, the Sunday Times, suggests May has drawn up a secret Brexit plan with EU.

"We think there are answers to the practical issues involved".

The debate also featured Justice Secretary David Gauke, shadow trade secretary Barry Gardiner and the Green Party's Caroline Lucas on behalf of The People's Vote.

However, while it was backed by 63 per cent of people who voted Remain, it was backed by just 20 per cent of Leave voters.

According to Coveney, "these ideas are not emergency plans at all and do not fulfil the previous commitments by the United Kingdom", in opposition to maintaining a "soft" border between the two Irelands until the Brexit pact and three months later the British can unilaterally deactivate it.

The backstop issue has become the major obstacle to agreement on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, due to take place on March 29 2019.

However, if these Brexiteers are not convinced that the customs union is only a temporary measure they would nearly certainly rebel.

Some 20,000 people were questioned in a Survation poll for Channel 4 which estimated 105 local authority areas that voted Leave in 2016 would now be carried by the Remain side.

"Looks like we're heading for no deal", Jeffrey Donaldson, one of 10 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) lawmakers whose support May now needs to get any deal passed in the British parliament, said on Twitter.