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Brexit talks deadlocked ahead of key Parliament vote

Brexit talks deadlocked ahead of key Parliament vote

But Slack said the vote "will take place tomorrow".

The UK Government has said it would remove all border checks between Ireland and Northern Ireland except a "small number of measures" in the event of a 'no-deal Brexit.

"The EU can not try to trap the United Kingdom in the backstop indefinitely, and that doing so would be an explicit breach of the legally binding commitments that both sides have agreed", Lidington said. However, the text of the 585-page withdrawal agreement remained unchanged. It is legally binding. Today we have secured legal changes.

There remain as many potential scenarios around Brexit now as there was two and a half years ago when the British voted for Brexit. "He will publish his legal opinion".

Mr Juncker said: "There will be no new negotiations".

"We will essentially be voting on exactly the same Withdrawal Agreement that we voted on last time and in very simple terms: if you ask the same question you are likely to get pretty much the same answer", said Mark Francois, a pro-Brexit lawmaker in May's Conservative Party. It is what you do with this second chance that counts.

"There will be no third chance".

"There will be no further interpretation of the interpretations and no further assurances on the reassurances".

Alan Wager, a Brexit expert at the United Kingdom in a Changing Europe think tank, said Parliament this week could decisively rule out both May's deal and a no-deal departure. The mechanism, known as the backstop, is a safeguard that would keep the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU until a permanent new trading relationship is in place.

The 27 national European Union leaders will discuss Brexit in Brussels on March 21 without May, and should not engage in direct negotiations with the British leader at the two-day summit, the ambassadors were also told.

What happens if Parliament votes against a no-deal Brexit?

Sterling see-sawed on Brexit news, falling in early trade on speculation that May could cancel the vote in parliament but later rising on news that May could travel to Strasbourg.

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Deputy leader Nigel Dodds told the Commons "all of this will need to be taken together and analysed very carefully".

Michael Gove, who campaigned for Brexit in 2016, said that if May lost Tuesday's vote then it would effectively lose control of Brexit.

According to the Wall Street Journal today reporting the cost of Brexit turmoil: "There is one certainty in Brexit: London's pre-eminent role in global finance has been diminished".

"We have an opportunity now to leave on March 29 or shortly thereafter and it's important we grasp that opportunity because there is wind in the sails of people trying to stop Brexit", Hunt told the BBC.

Senior officials cautioned against seeing the trip as a sign that an agreement had been reached.

Party policy has always been that leaving without a deal is preferable to leaving with a bad deal.

Trade minister Liam Fox has invited business leaders to join a call at 1500 GMT to discuss tariffs and Brexit, a senior company source said.

She announced the move after a late evening dash to Strasbourg to hammer out the changes with top European officials, as the clock ticked down to Britain s scheduled divorce from the bloc on March 29.

May said documents to be added to the deal provided "legally binding" assurances that the backstop would be temporary and that Britain would have a way to get out of it if the European Union failed to negotiate in good faith.

In the case of no-deal, the UK Government is committed to entering discussions urgently with Brussels and Dublin to agree long-term arrangements.

In a letter to EU Council president Donald Tusk, Mr Juncker left the option of an extension to Article 50, but only by a could of months.


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