Theresa May tells MPS to 'hold our nerve' over Brexit deal

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Despite admitting in December she would have lost the meaningful vote if it had gone ahead, it was reported at the time of the January Brexit ballot that May hoped assurances from European Union leaders over the controversial Irish backstop might be enough to help garner more support.

The on course to leave the European Union on March 29 without a deal unless May can convince the bloc to amend the divorce deal she agreed to past year and get it approved by British lawmakers.

Mrs Leadsom said: "I think she's making quite clear that what Corbyn is demanding is actually not as good as what the Prime Minister's deal is offering".

But Mrs May responded: "In most circumstances, that period may be important in order for this House to have an opportunity to study that agreement". There is no sign that the uncertainty, described as the "fog of Brexit" by the Bank of England, is going to lift anytime soon. But she wasn't specific, saying a vote on her deal will happen "when we achieve the progress we need". But many Conservative MPs are anxious that this arrangements suits the EU, so it may stall talks and leave Britain trapped in the customs union indefinitely.

Blair warned Sunday that a no-deal Brexit would inevitably lead to a so-called hard border being reintroduced on the island of Ireland with "potentially devastating" consequences for the peace process in Northern Ireland.

He said it would give Britain a say on any future trade deals that the European Union may strike.

Mrs May is looking for a way to assuage her party's concerns about the Northern Ireland "backstop" - the default arrangements to avoid a hard border between the province and the Republic of Ireland if Britain and the European Union struggle to reach a long-term partnership agreement in the years ahead.

No wonder trade union leaders like Tim Roache of the GMB and Frances O'Grady of the TUC have rejected the Prime Minister's inadequate pledges.

"The talks are at a crucial stage and we now all need to hold our nerve to get the changes this House requires and deliver Brexit on time", she said. The country's two main parties are in fratricidal mood. The Observer reports that it's a cross-party initiative and could be put to a vote in Parliament.

But the end of February really does seem to be the last moment where they could do more to stop no deal than just pass a resolution the government could then ignore. Conservative party officials are preparing for an early election, slated for June 6, a date weighted with history, being the day in 1944 that the Allies stormed the Normandy beaches to start to roll back the Nazi occupation of Europe.

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The EU is not planning to offer May the concessions she has asked for.

EU and United Kingdom officials are discussing what concessions the Europeans could make to help May push a deal through Parliament by Brexit day on March 29. But they are opposed by Brexiters in the Cabinet, who are muttering about resigning too.

Mr Corbyn accused Mrs May of refusing to listen to his alternative deal, involving permanent customs union membership, a close alignment with the single market and matching EU workplace and environmental protections. It would also prevent Britain negotiating bilateral trade deals with non-EU countries.

Prime minister Theresa May has agreed to hold further talks with Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to find a way to break the parliamentary deadlock.

The EU is reluctant to make any gestures towards the United Kingdom on the backstop, not only because of maintaining peace in Northern Ireland and preventing a backdoor into the EU's single market, but also because the bloc is not convinced that any EU concession would be enough for May get a majority she needs.

Corbyn's proposal has infuriated many of his own lawmakers, the majority of whom are Remainers.

What May hasn't promised is whether February 27 will include a new "meaningful vote" on the deal itself.

Mr Corbyn said the PM was "running down the clock" with the aim of ensuring MPs are "blackmailed" by the fear of a no-deal exit into backing "a deeply flawed deal".

There appears little prospect of an imminent breakthrough with Brussels, and Mrs May might not bring her deal back for a decisive vote this month. "That isn't right in terms of the respect for parliament", said Starmer.