Secured "Legally Binding Changes" To Brexit Deal Agreed With EU, Says UK

Brexit Talks 'Deadlocked' Despite Appeal to EU for Last-Minute Concession

The spokesperson did confirm, however, that the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Mrs May had spoken by phone on Monday.

The backstop, a backup mechanism that would come into place if no trade deal is agreed by the end of the withdrawal period, would keep Northern Ireland in the EU's single market for goods, while the United Kingdom would remain in a customs union with the bloc. Citing officials in May's office, Sky News also reported she would travel to Strasbourg.

"It is now for the House of Commons to take an important set of decisions this week", Schinas said.

If Parliament throws out May's deal again, lawmakers will vote on whether to leave the European Union without an agreement - an idea likely to be rejected - or to ask the European Union to delay Brexit beyond the scheduled March 29 departure date.

When May asked MPs last month for more time to negotiate, 20 Tories voted against her because she had raised the possibility of delaying Brexit if she failed.

According to Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, May plans to travel to Strasbourg, France on Monday evening to finalize negotiations before bringing the divorce settlement to parliament.

"The intention is for it not to be used, like in every insurance policy and if it is ever used it will never be a trap - if either side acts in bad faith, there is a legal way for other party to exist", the European Union chief said.

If her deal is rejected, there will be two more votes this week to give MPs the final say on ruling out a no-deal scenario. "We have a deal on the table which does exactly do this".

Britain's official deadline to leave the European Union is on March 29.




Due to the sensitive nature of the region and because the free passage is one of the crucial articles of the 1998 Belfast Agreement, the U.K., EU, Northern Ireland and Ireland all reject the idea of returning to a hard border where checkpoints and customs buildings will need to be installed.

"There is a growing feeling that Tuesday should be a straight up-down vote on the deal", Keir Starmer, Labour's Brexit spokesman, told Sky News.

So far, there's been widespread skepticism that she can win enough votes to push it through - her previous version of the plan lost by a stunning 230 votes in January.

"The EU will continue working intensively over the coming days to ensure that the United Kingdom leaves the EU with an agreement".

Ahead of Tuesday's so-called meaningful vote on May's Brexit deal with the E.U., Hunt warned that some MPs are seeking to shut down the deal in order to delay Britain's departure, which could reflect poorly on the ruling Conservative party.

Hopes for a breakthrough in the talks looked slim earlier Monday, after the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said it was up to May and British MPs to find a compromise. She has already survived votes of no confidence by her own party and Parliament as a whole.

The 10 MPs in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up May's government in parliament, also voted it down.

For all of the prime minister's weaknesses as a politician - her repetition of talking points has earned her the nickname "the Maybot" - she has proved remarkably durable.

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