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Exit from Brexit? I'd like it, but it's unlikely: German foreign minister

Exit from Brexit? I'd like it, but it's unlikely: German foreign minister

Under the backstop, the United Kingdom would remain in a customs union with the EU in the absence of a trade deal, and Northern Ireland would stay aligned to some EU rules.

His deputy John McDonnell had earlier accused the Prime Minister of trying to get pro-Brexit Labour rebels to "sell their votes" in a "dangerous" bid to win support for her deal.

"I'm determined to deliver Brexit, and determined to deliver on time - on 29 March 2019".

May has promised MPs that she will bring any revised deal back to be voted on by MPs on February 13.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would be "armed with a fresh mandate and new ideas" when she meets European Union negotiators over her Brexit deal.

With less than two months until Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29, concerns are growing over the risk of a disorderly "no deal" exit.

Writing in the Sunday Times today, Mr Coveney said there would be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop, an insurance policy to ensure that there is not a hard border on the island of Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

"Now the PM co-opts us into accepting everything but the backstop", he said on Twitter, adding if all that was agreed on the backstop was a codicil, May could "expect a further substantial defeat for the agreement".

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The EU has repeatedly said the backstop is not open for renegotiation.

May will be heading to Brussels following her victory in the House of Commons earlier when MPs, by a majority of 16, backed her European Union withdrawal deal providing she re-negotiates changes to the proposed arrangements over the Northern Ireland border issue.

Mrs. May said she rejected the suggestion "that seeking alternative arrangements for the backstop constituted "ripping up the Good Friday Agreement".

The move, first reported on Saturday by Sky News, was confirmed by the company in a letter to workers Sunday. "That is what Parliament instructed me to do".

May called an election at short notice in 2017 at which she lost her party's majority, leaving her reliant on a small Northern Irish party to govern. How to handle the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland is one of the Brexit dilemmas.

"That's what I'd like the most", he said.

In the interview with the Funke media group, Maas repeated the EU's position that the withdrawal agreement thrashed out between Brussels and London, which was rejected by Britain's parliament last month, could not be renegotiated. "There is a deal on the table, and walking away from it will have serious consequences for us all".


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