Regrexit? British voters would now back staying in the EU, poll shows

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An audience member at a TV Brexit debate has gone viral after being caught on camera performing a dramatic eye-roll behind Nigel Farage, despite having voted to leave herself.

"The Irish position remains consistent and v clear that a "time-limited backstop" or a backstop that could be ended by United Kingdom unilaterally would never be agreed to by Ireland or the European Union", Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Twitter.

The Brexit negotiations have turned out to be tougher than expected for both sides, with neither able to agree on major points such as the Irish border and post-Brexit economic relations.

May told Varadkar that there would need to be a mechanism through which the backstop could be brought to an end, a spokesman from her office said in a statement.

It would also keep Northern Ireland in the customs union of the EU, as long insisted by the bloc.

The Sunday Times said May's cabinet would meet on Tuesday to discuss her plan and that she hoped there would be enough progress by Friday for the European Union to announce a special summit. The prime minister has been clear that we are making good progress on the future relationship and 95 percent of the withdrawal agreement is now settled. We want to close that gap.

Parliament would then vote on the deal in December.

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Scottish National Party Shetland branch chairman Iain Malcolmson said that many folk he had talked to had changed their minds since the referendum. European Union diplomats said they doubted a deal could be completed in time for a tentatively scheduled summit on November 17-18, but that it could perhaps come a week later.

The phone call followed a report by Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper that May's Brexit Minister Dominic Raab had privately demanded the right to pull Britain out of the backstop after three months.

The crucial test inside Cabinet will be if Mrs May can persuade Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox to back her plan.

But some of Britain's biggest corporate names have had enough of the government's handling of the negotiations.

Ahead of Mrs May's cabinet meeting, sources here said the situation was at its "most sensitive yet" and she will be "dancing on the head of a pin" to secure agreement on the deal in her government.

Their efforts were likely bolstered again on Sunday when Mr Arron Banks, the insurance businessman whose millions of pounds of donations to a pro-Brexit campaign are being investigated by police, gave a typically combative interview to The Andrew Marr Show. Not with a deal apparently so close at hand.