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On her last visit in November, she hailed the Withdrawal Agreement as a good deal for Northern Ireland and defended the controversial "backstop" as an essential safeguard in ensuring no return to a hard border with the Republic.

The Prime Minister will use a speech in Northern Ireland today to acknowledge that it is a "concerning time" but "we will find a way to deliver Brexit" while avoiding a hard border with Ireland.

The Social Democratic and Labour party, Alliance party, Sinn Féin and the Green party all support the backstop and as a recent LucidTalk poll highlighted, with 65 per cent of people in Northern Ireland wanting to be "closely tied to the EU, inside the single market and the customs union", even if the rest of the United Kingdom had a looser arrangement.

The British PM is due to hold meetings with Mr Tusk, Mr Juncker and Mr Barnier in Brussels on Thursday before visiting Dublin late on Friday to discuss Brexit with her Irish counterpart.

However, he said there were no preparations being made for infrastructure on the Irish border.

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"I hope that tomorrow we will hear from Prime Minister May a realistic suggestion on how to end the impasse", Tusk said.

Mr Juncker also signalled a refusal to re-write the Withdrawal Agreement yesterday, insisting "alternative arrangements" could "never replace the backstop".

"We are concerned about the prospect of further museum closures, reduced opening hours, staff reductions and a reduced public offer at precisely the time when communities need museums and the powerful role they can play in society most".

At this critical juncture, Northern Ireland is represented only by the Democratic Unionist party, which is not representative of the people on Brexit - and so much more.

He said the European Union was "ready to work on alternative solutions during transition", but that the backstop had to remain in place unless and until a replacement could be agreed.

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Appearing alongside Juncker, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the withdrawal agreement already represents a compromise by the European Union, who initially only wanted the backstop plan to encompass Northern Ireland. He said executives at the firm had "commented on the need for us to come together and resolve the question of our future trade relationship with the European Union".

She told a meeting of businessmen and women in Belfast that there were "a number of ways" to amend the amend the backstop, which the Biritsh parliament has demanded before agreeing a divorce deal with Europe.

Speaking during a trip to Japan, Ms Merkel said: "To solve this riddle, you have to be creative and you have to listen to one another". But she said questions surrounding the border arrangements could be addressed in a declaration on the future relationship between the European Union and Britain.

"Words about commitment to preventing a hard border and protecting the Good Friday agreement will be taken with a grain of salt by people listening here, given [May's] apparent u-turn on the backstop last week in parliament", Katy Hayward, a sociology professor at Queen's University in Belfast, told Al Jazeera.

Fellow Irish unionist Lord Trimble, former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Good Friday Agreement, announced Monday that he backs taking legal action against the Government over the Withdrawal Agreement, saying the backstop could damage the peace deal and "do serious damage to Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland's place in the United Kingdom".

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