Government going round in circles over Brexit, says Northern Ireland Chamber chair

Government going round in circles over Brexit, says Northern Ireland Chamber chair

"I think it's about party cohesion, it's going to be hard times over the next few weeks and we need to come back together again after the vote".

More time may be needed for Brexit legislation, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Thursday, signaling a possible extension of process on Article 50, the section of the European Union treaty governing Brexit.

The prime minister will head to an European Union summit in Brussels this weekend as she bids to secure a sign off from the bloc's 27 other leaders on the terms of Britain's divorce.

"The fact that recess won't be taking place shows you that we are taking all available steps to make sure that 29 March is our exit date", a government spokesman said.

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 backstop will create a hard border, not prevent one", he said, arguing that British lawmakers would never accept the clause and so it would lead to a no deal Brexit and renewed border controls.

May acknowledged this week the "limited appetite" in Brussels to return to the negotiating table but expressed her confidence in being able to secure the necessary changes to pass a revised version of the deal.

During the 1960s, a political division began over the constitutional status of Northern Ireland; for almost 40 years, a violent ethno-nationalist conflict between the Nationalists (for one Ireland, a nation state), Republicans (mostly Catholics) against Unionists (political union with UK) and Loyalists (mainly protestant monarchists opposing a United Ireland) continued.

Several Conservative MPs have been spotted going to meetings in Downing Street, including former Brexit minister Steve Baker, Iain Duncan Smith, Mrs May's close ally Damian Green and Nicky Morgan.

While May saw this as an opportunity to prevent the United Kingdom from leaving the EU without a deal, European officials on Wednesday insisted there was no room to rewrite the negotiated deal.

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The EU were unanimously opposed to a time limit in the backstop, or a time limit on it.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay gave a guarantee to MPs the vote would be held next week, while a government source revealed the parliamentary showdown will come on 15 January.

She said: "This is about protecting a peace process".

However, Mr Mann said any funding offer would.

Carolyn Fairbairn, who heads the Confederation of British Industry lobby group, said: "Renegotiation is a throw of the dice. We're asking for money for areas that have not had their fair share in the past", he said.

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

The European Commission has adopted a range of contingency plans to protect the rights and status of students participating in the Erasmus+ exchange programme after Brexit.

The last Brexit poll we had came in mid-December just before Theresa May pulled the first vote on her withdrawal agreement.

The prime minister is seeking "further undertakings" from the European Union as she bids to win over MPs sceptical of her agreement with Brussels. The EU would have to significantly change their stance on reopening the Withdrawal Agreement if legally-binding changes are to be made on the Irish backstop.

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