Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

May Sets Out to Win Labour Rebels' Support Over Brexit Deal

May Sets Out to Win Labour Rebels' Support Over Brexit Deal

Other frustrated European Union officials including Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier insisted the remaining 27 European Union members were united and determined not to abandon the backstop clause they believe is key to maintaining peace on the border.

Mr Hunt told Radio 4's Today programme: "I think it is true that if we ended up approving a deal in the days before 29 March then we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation, but if we are able to make progress sooner then that might not be necessary".

While Mr Coveney is in America to discuss general Irish-American relations as well as developments in the Middle East peace process, Department of Foreign Affairs sources say there is "palpable concern" in the US Congress about unfolding developments with Brexit, including any possibility of a new hard border on the island of Ireland.

"We need this backstop as it is", Barnier said.

But the prime minister's official spokesman said the government remained committed to leaving the European Union on 29 March.

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said on Thursday that the February recess for MPs may be scrapped.

After MPs gave their backing to proposals to replace the controversial Irish backstop in the Prime Minister's withdrawal deal, here's a look at what could happen next in the Brexit saga.

The pound steadied yesterday, to recover to be up 0.25pc at $1.3101, suggesting investors remained hopeful that a chaotic Brexit could still be avoided even though Brussels indicated just after the vote and yesterday that the divorce deal is not up for renegotiation.

Some 14 MPs voted on Monday against the Labour whip to oppose an amendment by Yvette Cooper which would have paved the way to delay Britain's exit from the European Union, with 11 more abstaining.

A majority of MPs also voted in favour of an amendment to reject leaving without a deal.

Ireland's match-up with England in numbers
All I'm trying to do is be the best I can be. "I do think people are going to be entertained". They're stand-alone game between and outstanding Ireland side and an improving England side.

May was due to speak to Varadkar and European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday, and met opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to find elusive cross-party unity on Brexit. An amendment, which was aimed at enabling the House of Commons to vote on blocking a no-deal Brexit, was rejected.

Irish police seized a substantial quantity of firearms and a suspected explosive device near the border with Northern Ireland on Friday as part of an investigation into the activities of militant Irish nationalist groups there.

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces another bruising week in Parliament as lawmakers plan to challenge her minority Conservative government for control of Brexit policy.

The now seamless border will become the United Kingdom's only land frontier with the European Union when it leaves the bloc, scheduled for the end of March.

'There are now no alternative arrangements which achieve what both sides are determined to achieve - to avoid a hard border.

The Irish border issue has been the stumbling block in the EU-UK Brexit talks.

Corbyn, asked Thursday about his MPs meeting ministers, said that "of course" it was right for them to "demand appropriate resources for their constituencies".

This is seen as toxic by some lawmakers-particularly those in the Northern Irish DUP party, which is propping up May's government-as it would see the province treated differently from the rest of the U.K. and, in their eyes, theoretically threaten the unity of the United Kingdom if no customs deal is ultimately struck.

'The withdrawal agreement will not be renegotiated.

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