Brexit: deal, no deal or delay

Brexit: deal, no deal or delay

That's because May has been unable to persuade Brussels to change the agreement, which her team negotiated a year ago, and put in legally binding reassurances that the United Kingdom will not become trapped in a long-term customs arrangement with the European Union.

Finally, it would put assurances from European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk over the temporary nature of the backstop "onto a legally binding footing", Lidington said.

The DUP's support is crucial if the deal is to pass the House of Commons.

John Longworth, co-chairman of the campaign group Leave Means Leave, is among those who call for Britain and the European Union to agree a basic trade deal and exit as planned on March 29.

This was reiterated by Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, who told a press conference he "understands" Mrs May is travelling to the city later.

All Ryanair shares held by non-EU shareholders, including British ones after Brexit, will be treated as "restricted shares", meaning that they will have no entitlement to attend, speak or vote at any company meeting.

Downing Street said the PM's focus was "getting on with the work required to allow MPs to support the deal and to bring this stage of the process to an end".

"We will essentially be voting on exactly the same Withdrawal Agreement that we voted on last time and in very simple terms: if you ask the same question you are likely to get pretty much the same answer", said Mark Francois, a pro-Brexit lawmaker in May's Conservative Party. Then there will be a vote on postponing the March 29 exit day.

Meanwhile, the Opposition Labour Party has been mounting pressure on the government for an official update to Parliament on the talks with the EU.




"We are committed to ratifying this deal before 29 March", the spokesperson said, adding that it was now for Britain's MPs to set the course for the next steps for Brexit.

One of the biggest sticking points in January was the so-called "backstop" to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Theresa May faces a series of deadlines for votes this week in Parliament on Brexit, but looks as far away from a sellable deal as ever.

Sterling, which had risen ahead of the talks between May and Juncker, extended gains in hopes the changes may be enough to sway rebellious British lawmakers who have threatened to vote down May's plan again on Tuesday.

Under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the United Kingdom is set to formally leave the European Union on March 29 with officials on all sides working hard to secure a withdrawal agreement to avert a chaotic no-deal Brexit.

What happens if Parliament votes in favor of May's deal?

May has already survived a leadership challenge from within the Conservative Party, which means there can not be another one before December.

Some lawmakers are telling May to pull the vote because they expect a defeat on a similar scale as on her first attempt in January, the Times reported.

Delaying the meaningful vote would be another humiliation for the prime minister after senior ministers spent the weekend insisting it would go ahead as planned.

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