European Union leaders: No renegotiation on Brexit deal

No-Deal Brexit? Goldman Sachs It's More Likely After Parliament Vote

Mr Hunt said a technical delay to Brexit would depend on how long the process takes.

Labour has said it will tell MPs to vote for a plan to delay Brexit and effectively take "no-deal" off the table.

The "backstop" written into the negotiated deal is seen by European Union leaders as an insurance policy against disrupting the Irish peace process.

Coveney was speaking at a keynote speech to the Institute of worldwide and European Affairs in Dublin on Ireland's future in a post-Brexit European Union.

The single most important issue in the agreement remains the fate of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Barring an extension of Article 50, the process by which the United Kingdom leaves the EU, Britain is scheduled to quit the bloc on March 29, regardless of whether or not a deal is secured.

Labour's official policy is to consider supporting a public vote if their preferred outcomes of an early general election or forcing May into accepting Labour's alternative Brexit plan can not be achieved.

The prime minister is also facing a headache at home with Labour, the DUP, the SNP, Liberal Democrats and close to 90 of even her own MPs opposed to her agreement.

European governments now think that a Brexit postponement is increasingly likely, officials briefed on a meeting of EU ambassadors in Brussels on Wednesday said. But traders said that fears of a no-deal Brexit were driving the pound down.

"If we ended up approving a deal in the days before March 29, then we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation", Hunt told BBC radio. The Institute for Government said that most of the problems come as a result of the scale of the task.

The backstop is an insurance policy that aims to prevent a hard border being erected between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

And despite the amendments voted through on Tuesday, the British government has so failed to clarify what kind of deal it thinks would be acceptable to a majority of MPs.

May now has two weeks to convince the European Union to replace the backstop with her "alternative arrangements", which she so far has failed to reveal despite repeated calls to do so.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, then addressed the parliament, telling lawmakers that the Irish backstop was part and parcel of the withdrawal agreement and would not be re-negotiated. He called on May to "face the reality that no deal is not an option".

Ms Morgan, a former education secretary, said she was there to discuss a plan known as the "Malthouse Compromise".

At least one Labour MP has welcomed the prospect of more funding for Leave-voting constituencies with John Mann telling the Government: "Show us the money". When parliament did finally get to vote on May's deal in the new year, it received a resounding thumbs down with a majority of two to one.

"There's no expectation, this isn't transactional politics".

And Wirral South's Alison McGovern said: "The fact is, it will be a lot easier to invest in the coalfield areas and other towns if we stay in the European Union".

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said on Thursday that the February recess for MPs may be scrapped.

Parliament had been due to break up on Feb 14 and return on Feb 25, according to a provisional schedule.

She said such a change would not be easy and there was "limited appetite" on the part of the European Union, but she believed she could secure it.

"I say to Labour MPs, our party is determined to protect conditions of jobs for people in this country".

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