A Brexit deal could still be reached in the next few weeks because the "final part of a negotiation" is when it matters most, the DUP leader has said. Speaking from Washington DC, Arlene Foster said the last part of talks is "when you start to see the whites in people's eyes". Her party is in discussions with the government, amid reports it could back the PM's Brexit deal. This follows MPs' rejection of the idea of leaving the EU with no deal.
Mrs Foster, who is attending St Patrick's Day events this week, said DUP representatives were speaking to the government and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox about changes to the deal. "Nobody wants to leave without a deal and we want to make sure we get there," she said. The government's deal was rejected for a second time on Tuesday in Parliament.
Later, MPs will vote on seeking a short delay to Brexit, but will be warned the EU will only accept it if parliament backs the prime minister's deal. The DUP leader said her party wanted the UK to leave the EU with a deal, but that her party had certain tests it must meet before they will back it.