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DUP ‘to be handed millions’ to back May’s Brexit deal as its leaders hold talks with Philip Hammond 

Nigel Dodds with DUP colleagues outside the Cabinet Office on Friday

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The DUP said it wants a Brexit deal after intensive talks with Cabinet ministers including Philip Hammond amid suggestions Northern Ireland could be offered extra cash to break the impasse.

Nigel Dodds, the DUP’s Westminster leader, said talks had been “constructive” and the Government was focused on resolving the Irish backstop issue.

He met with Mr Hammond, along with Chief Whip Julian Smith, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and the effective deputy prime minister David Lidington.

The presence of the Chancellor prompted speculation that Northern Ireland could be given a funding boost in exchange for the DUP supporting Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

Mr Dodds insisted that there had been no discussions…

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