DUP 'to analyse' changes to Brexit deal

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The next three days of Brexit will see Theresa May once more on the ropes. Two years after Brits voted for Brexit and May set the withdrawal in motion, the U.K.is still squabbling internally about what it actually wants-there's no evidence that a few more months will make a difference.

With just 17 days left until the United Kingdom's scheduled departure date, talks have been stuck on the same issue that has blocked progress for the past year: the backup plan meant to ensure there's never any need for customs checks at the land border between Ireland and the United Kingdom.

However, there is potentially a long road ahead for Britain as there are a number of hurdles that need to be overcome in order for Britain to leave the European Union with a deal in place.

Concerns over the border measure were the main reason Britain's parliament rejected the deal in January.

Talks have been ill-tempered and optimism faded over the weekend. Today, we have secured those changes.

So she also needed to look to the opposition benches. The status of these documents will be scrutinized intensively during Tuesday's debate.

You may have read in the last day that she won a "revised deal" in Monday night talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, but all she really got was repeated assurances that no-one in the EU wants the crucial Irish backstop mechanism (explained here) to be permanent, leaving the United Kingdom indefinitely tied into a customs union with the EU if the two sides fail to strike a new trade agreement in the next couple years.

A senior cabinet source said the government had not ruled out holding indicative votes in the Commons to determine appetite for different Brexit options if there was a large defeat on Tuesday. He said members of parliament are working on the assumption May's deal won't pass tonight. If a short extension is allowed then Brexit will be postponed. A panel of euro-skeptic politicians will examine May's latest blueprint in detail, he said. "Furthermore, despite hard-core Brexiteer's professed willingness to undertake a no-deal exit from the European Union, the political reality which all are fully aware of is that there is no majority for this route in Parliament", George said.

Another, Andrea Jenkyns, said she would now definitely vote against the deal and urged colleagues in the European Research Group (ERG) of Tory Eurosceptics to "hold our nerve".

-With assistance from Dara Doyle, Nikos Chrysoloras, Kitty Donaldson, Jonathan Stearns and Alan Crawford.



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