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Narrow majority of Brits oppose no deal Brexit, poll finds

Narrow majority of Brits oppose no deal Brexit, poll finds

Downing Street today dismissed a report in The Daily Telegraph the prime minister was considering seeking a bilateral agreement with Dublin or rewriting the Good Friday Agreement in order to break the deadlock over the backstop.

The Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said the cross-party talks were a sham, and accused the Prime Minister of being in denial about the scale of her defeat last week.

May told British ministers she would focus on securing changes from Brussels created to win over rebel Conservatives and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, The Times said.

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Spanish Foreign minister Josep Borrell was pessimistic that May would conjure up something to win over British MPs.

More amendments may be forthcoming - which could allow lawmakers to insist that the "no deal" option be removed, that a second referendum be held or that the Irish border backstop be time-limited.

Theresa May set out her Brexit plan B on Monday evening after her Withdrawal Agreement was defeated by a historic margin last week.

The Conservative leader refused to rule out an exit without a deal, or to revoke the article which started the countdown to the departure: "When people say 'Rule out no-deal, ' the consequences of what they are actually saying are that, if we in parliament can't approve a deal, we should revoke Article 50".

Ministers said tariffs and non-tariff barriers on exports to the European Union would also damage Welsh manufacturing and agriculture sectors.

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Tory and DUP MPs who had voted down May's deal hinted on Monday night that some could be won over in the coming weeks.

MPs would hold another vote on Mrs May's deal - even though the outcome could be the same as the historic rejection last Tuesday; vote on whether the Government should seek to renegotiate the deal on specified terms; vote on whether to leave the European Union without a deal on March 29; and vote on whether to have another referendum.

Attempts to forge a consensus with the opposition Labour Party failed so May is expected to focus on winning over 118 rebels in her own party and the small Northern Irish party which props up her government with concessions from the EU.

Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement that largely ended years of violence between Irish republicans and pro-British unionists, border posts were removed and the province was given a power-sharing structure where both communities were represented.

She added that "my focus continues to be on what is needed to secure the support of this House in favour of a Brexit deal with the European Union".

"Second, We will embed the strongest possible protections on workers' rights and the environment". She declined to specify if this meant reopening negotiations or just clarifications on the existing deal.

May was asked in Parliament if she would change substantive elements of the withdrawal deal, or accompanying plans for a future trade relationship, perhaps to include a customs union with the EU as the Labour opposition has been demanding.

As far as I'm concerned, any MP voting for her deal when the DUP is unhappy about its effect on the place of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom, should be deselected and definitely out at the next general election. What is needed is for parliament to demonstrate there is a clear majority against a no deal Brexit and then make an honest assessment of alternatives to the government's proposed deal.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group of anti-EU lawmakers in May's party, said Britain was most likely to leave without a deal.