The DUP has said Arlene Foster held a short phone conversation with Prime Minister Theresa May but there “was still work to be done”.

The call comes after a late intervention by the DUP leader which brought the Brexit talks on Monday to a halt with the party insisting it will not agree to a general regulatory alignment with the Republic of Ireland after the UK’s exit from the EU.

The DUP has said it will not be rushed on a deal and Arlene Foster is expected to fly to London to agree the finer points of any agreement saying it was important to get right.

On Wednesday the two leaders talked on the phone with the DUP saying “there is still work to be done in London” before Mrs Foster considers travelling to the capital.

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