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New Brexit vote will be before January 21: UK PM May's spokesman

New Brexit vote will be before January 21: UK PM May's spokesman

The PM's abrupt U-turn - after days of repeated insistence that the vote would go ahead - prompted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to secure a three-hour emergency debate on Tuesday.

The pound, already foundering Monday amid rumours that the vote would be postponed, sank further on the news, hitting a 20-month low against the USA dollar of $1.2515.

Frustrated EU leaders were resigned to providing Theresa May with a stage for more Brexit theatrics to help convince Britain she really fought for the best divorce possible. It's necessary. It's necessary for the entire coherence of what we have agreed with Britain, and it is necessary for Ireland. But unless she can win a significant chunk of the hard-line Brexit wing of the Conservative Party, she still won't have the votes she needs.

Mrs May rejects holding a new Brexit referendum but her hold on office is looking shaky.

May also announced that the Government was considering "new ways of empowering the House of Commons to ensure any provision for a backstop has democratic legitimacy and to enable the House to place its own obligations on the government to ensure that the backstop can not be in place indefinitely". Footage shows an assistant tugging on the door handle to little avail, while the Prime Minister sits in the backseat. SNP deputy leader Kirsty Blackman asked Monday.

She is seeking "reassurances" over provisions in the European Union withdrawal agreement concerning Northern Ireland, which she hopes could persuade her rebellious Conservative party to support it.

"Nothing should be off the table", she said.

As she flitted around Europe, rumors swirled at Westminster that members of May's Conservative Party were close to triggering a vote of no-confidence in her leadership. But many Brexit supporters say that would be a betrayal. Sturgeon tweeted at Corbyn.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she had told the prime minister in a phone call that the "backstop must go". The EU's top court ruled this week that Britain could abandon Brexit with no consequences up until the moment it finally leaves.

Both leaders laughed off the unusual incident before going together to continue talks on the forthcoming departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Probably an addendum to the agreement that would be incorporated into the legally binding text.

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Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said there was no possibility of amending the withdrawal deal. "It's taken two years to put together".

Perhaps inevitably, some media watchers have likened the British leader being locked inside a device of German design to Theresa May's Brexit agreement.

If British lawmakers approve the agreement, it must still be endorsed by European Parliament members before March 29. After two years of negotiations, the Tory government wants to delay the vote.

"Whatever the request may be we will never let down our Irish friends".

A Cabinet ally of May's, speaking on condition of anonymity, put the prime minister's strategy more charitably, saying that if the deal can not go through then the only option is to keep talking - to European Union leaders, in the hope they might offer something more, and to lawmakers, in the hope they might ask a little less.

They could push for a "plan B", which would see Britain adopt a softer Brexit, such as staying in the EU's satellite trading bloc the European Economic Area - the so-called Norway option. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) judges ruled that the United Kingdom could do this without changing the terms of its membership.

The Luxembourg-based ECJ said that, given the absence of any exit provision in Article 50, countries are able to change their mind in line with their own constitutional arrangements.

"The government has gone away and hidden in the toilets", he said. "Time is running out, so we will also discuss our readiness for the scenario without an agreement", - said Tusk.

"Does this House want to deliver Brexit?".

"We have to prepare".