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Ireland will not engage in bilateral Brexit negotiations: minister

Ireland will not engage in bilateral Brexit negotiations: minister

Another more radical amendment drawn up by former attorney general Dominic Grieve would allow a motion by a minority of 300 MPs - from at least five parties and including 10 Tories - to be debated as the first item of Commons business the next day.

The most Byzantine of the plots now being advanced by Remainer politicians originates, once again, from former Attorney-General Dominic Grieve, which would allow a cross-party minority of 300 MPs to seize control of parliamentary proceedings from Government and advance legislation to block or delay Brexit day - now enshrined in law as March 29th, 2019, by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

Downing Street said it is "extremely concerned" by the backbenchers' moves.

"This news should serve as a reminder to those MPs who want to deliver Brexit that they need to vote for it - otherwise there is a danger that Parliament could stop Brexit".

British Prime Minister Theresa May is considering solving a Brexit deadlock by amending a 1998 agreement that ended 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland after ditching attempts to negotiate a cross-party deal, The Daily Telegraph reported late Sunday.

Bloomberg reported Sunday that European Union governments disagree over the length of the extension period they would grant the UK.

"It has become clear to the BMA that the risks of Brexit for the nation's health are too great, and that it is becoming increasingly hard to secure the kind of deal which will work to the benefit of patients, the medical workforce and health services across the United Kingdom and Europe", wrote BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul.

"What follows is just for you and you will understand the terms", he said.

Theresa May left met with New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern
PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICETheresa May left met with New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern

"We have to wait to see what the Britons suggest", he said.

Mrs May is expected to use her statement today to explain how she intends to proceed in the run up to the vote on 29 January, rather than setting out a detailed "plan B". "We do not comment on individual cases". The tánaiste and foreign affairs minister distanced himself from remarks made by Dominic Raab, Britain's former Brexit secretary, yesterday.

"So much of the vote against was from people who simply cannot support a potentially permanent backstop, if that can be sorted out then I think we might get that withdrawal agreement through", he told BBC radio.

The Opposition Labour Party is pressing for a new election and for the Prime Minister to rule out the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, while others in Parliament are lobbying for a second referendum or leaving without an agreement.

Last week, Mrs May said she would focus on cross-party talks to get a Brexit deal accepted by Parliament.

After May sets out her plans for the way ahead, lawmakers are set to table a series of amendments, to be voted upon on 29 January.

On Sunday leading Brexiteer Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, accused pro-Remain MPs of trying to "hijack" the 2016 referendum vote. Many economists expect Britain to plunge into recession if there is a "no-deal" Brexit.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Dr Fox said: "Failure to deliver Brexit would produce a yawning gap between Parliament and the people, a schism in our political system with unknowable consequences". He said public anger could trigger "a political tsunami". "It is a matter of honour and a matter of duty".

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