Revised Brexit deal doesn’t undermine backstop: Irish PM

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier welcomes British Prime Minister Theresa May prior to their meeting in Strasbourg

Following last-ditch talks in Strasbourg ahead of a crunch Commons vote on Tuesday, Mrs May said she has now delivered what Parliament asked her to do.

The border issue has been one of the thorniest in Brexit talks.

But May's entreaty fell on deaf ears among lawmakers whose support she needs. Any new concessions must convince the pro-Brexit faction of the Conservative Party and the proudly obstinate Northern Irish lawmakers who prop up May's government.

Senior British government ministers have warned rebellious MPs that if May's deal is voted down then there is a chance that Brexit could be thwarted.

The Britons drinking beer in Brussels had their eyes fixed intently on the James Joyce pub's TV as lawmakers in London said "yea" or "nay" to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal.

As Downing Street admitted that talks with the EU remain "deadlocked", reports emerged from Ireland to indicate that Theresa May may be undertaking a last-minute dash to Strasbourg in France later on Monday for talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to try and salvage her Brexit deal.

This would keep Britain in the EU customs union and parts of its single market until and unless another way - such as a trade deal - is found to avoid frontier checks.

The United Kingdom's tortuous crisis over European Union membership is approaching its finale with an extraordinary array of outcomes still possible, including a delay, a last-minute deal, a no-deal Brexit, a snap election or even another referendum.

"The legal risk remains unchanged", Cox said. 242 MPs voted for the implementation of May's agreement; while 391 voted against it: a defeat margin of 149 votes.

Wilson said the legal assurances secured by May "fall short" of her promises, but he did not indicate whether the party would, again, vote against the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons.

Conservative lawmaker Nicky Morgan said Ms.

Labour's Yvette Cooper said it was "outrageous" that the Government was assigning more time for a consultation on the door closures for the Docklands Light Railway than on Brexit.

May had announced three documents - a joint instrument, a joint statement and a unilateral declaration - which she said were aimed at addressing the Irish backstop. "The government's strategy is now in tatters".

Britain's political crisis sparked anxiety across the European Union on Wednesday as fears rose that Britain would crash out of the bloc on March 29 without a withdrawal agreement to smooth the way.

An extension requires the unanimous agreement of all 27 remaining member states, and Mr Juncker has warned that it can not stretch beyond May 23 unless the United Kingdom takes part in the European Parliament elections starting on that date.

German EU affairs minister Michael Roth, called it "a far-reaching compromise".

"Listening to debate in House of Commons: there seems to be a unsafe illusion that the United Kingdom can benefit from a transition in the absence of the Withdrawal Agreement", he said said on Twitter. "There is no alternative".

"If we leave without a deal, we will set the majority of our import tariffs to zero, whilst maintaining tariffs for the most sensitive industries", Trade Policy Minister George Hollingbery said. It is what you do with this second chance that counts.

A rejected deal and postponement of the March 29 Brexit date will leave Britain "in uncharted waters", the paper added. They are likely to agree, as long as Britain leaves before elections to the European parliament in late May.

Some British lawmakers underscored that warning, telling their Brexit-backing colleagues that rejecting the deal could lead to Britain's departure being postponed indefinitely.

"Today is our Hotel California moment".

"It's staggering that we are in this position with only days until we are due to leave".



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