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A Lib Dem MP waved his credit card at deputy DUP leader Nigel Dodds during a Commons debate today to jokingly imply his party is in the pay of Theresa May.

"It seems there is a private understanding and knowledge of a border in the aftermath of a no-deal Brexit but at all costs that private understanding must not be shared with the public", said the Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, during leaders' questions in the Dáil.

The 230-vote margin of defeat for Mrs May's Brexit deal in the House of Commons was the largest defeat for a government in parliamentary history.

Pressed on how the government could possibly avoid mandatory checks on the border to protect the single market, Varadkar said that was for Brexiters who voted against May's deal to sort out.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said her party would work with the government to find a better deal.

"The timing of this motion, as we well know, has got much more to do with the internal dynamics of the Labour Party than a genuine presentation of an alternative programme for Government".

Mr Dodds was speaking about the importance of his party's confidence and supply arrangement with the Prime Minister after its MPs voted down a motion of no confidence in her.

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Speaking on RTE's Prime Time last night, January 15, after the vote, Creed said it was "critical for us to keep our nerve", and didn't rule out the possibility of United Kingdom parliamentarians settling their differences in future talks.

Mr Davis, who resigned from the cabinet last July over the prime minister's Brexit plan, said there were not many things he would change during his time as Brexit secretary.

But she went further, saying "we never had a hard border".

After Brexit, the border will be the UK's only land frontier with the EU. "We wanted a change of policy back to what the Prime Minister promised in the manifesto she stood on, and the promises she made in subsequent speeches". It urged Downing Street to set out how it planned to move forward.

In a private conversation between Transport Minister Shane Ross and the Tanaiste on Tuesday night, Mr Coveney suggested that ministers should not talk about border checks publicly.

To allow officials to make preparations, the government will prioritize just six new proposed laws in other areas in the first half of the year compared to the 49 pieces of legislation given priority during the same period last year.

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