Theresa May to visit Northern Ireland in bid to win support for Brexit deal

The BBC has blamed “human error” for a suggestion on its News at Six that Theresa May would be flying back to Brussels for more Brexit talks in a second world war Spitfire. But the explanation has been greeted with scepticism by some who saw the incident as an example of pro-Brexit bias at the BBC. At the end of Wednesday’s evening programme viewers were shown black and white footage of the iconic planes as newsreader Sophie Raworth summarised the prime minister’s plan to reopen Brexit talks with EU leaders. As the footage of the planes was played, Raworth read: “Theresa May says she intends to go back to Brussels to negotiate her Brexit deal but EU leaders say the deal is done and they will not reopen talks.” The editor of the programme, Paul Royall, said the Spitfire clip had been intended to be a foretaste of an item about a new Battle of Britain museum at Biggin Hill in London. In a tweet he blamed the mix up on human error and joked he was “pretty sure” that May would not be travelling to Europe in a Spitfire.
British Prime Minister Theresa May visits Northern Ireland in bid to win support for Brexit deal//(Image: AFP/Getty Images)

The PM is set to make a speech to business leaders about the Irish border

Pippa CrerarDaily Mirror Political EditorMikey SmithPolitical Reporter, DAILY MIRROR

AIWA! NEWS INTERNATIONAL|Theresa May will travel to Northern Ireland tomorrow to try to win support for her new Brexit plans.

The Prime Minister will make a speech to business leaders which is expected to focus on the crucial Irish border issue.

It comes as Mrs invited Tory rebels into Number 10 in a desperate scramble to find a way to resolve the thorny issue of the backstop.

Hard Brexiteers from Jacob Rees-Mogg’s European Research Group (ERG) and remain backing former ministers will meet from today in what has been dubbed the ‘Alternative Arrangements Working Group’ (AAWG).

ERG deputy chairman Steve Baker, former Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson and Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh will sit down with former education secretary Nicky Morgan and ex-cabinet office minister Damian Green to examine the feasibility of the so-called Malthouse Compromise
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ERG deputy chairman Steve Baker, former Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson and Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh will sit down with former education secretary Nicky Morgan and ex-cabinet office minister Damian Green to examine the feasibility of the so-called Malthouse Compromise tty Images)

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Downing Street said the group would meet “regularly” with Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and senior officials.

ERG deputy chairman Steve Baker, former Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson and Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh will sit down with former education secretary Nicky Morgan and ex-cabinet office minister Damian Green to examine the feasibility of the so-called Malthouse Compromise.

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