Offered long Brexit delay "not possible": UK Trade Minister Fox

Offered long Brexit delay

"Cox is running the show", said a senior European Union source. "I am determined to deliver a proper Brexit, which means fixing the backstop".

'My conversations with senior diplomats and politicians from across Europe have given me cause for optimism that a breakthrough is near, ' he added.

"How we get there is something we're prepared to be flexible about", Hunt said. "We need substantive changes that will allow the attorney general to change his advice to the government that says that, at the moment, theoretically, we could be trapped in the backstop indefinitely".

Tory Eurosceptics, including two Cabinet ministers, believe that the prime minister will be put in a weak negotiating position with the European Union if her agreement fails and her own MPs reject a no-deal exit - which is the legal default should a deal not be agreed by Brexit day on March 29th - with one Cabinet minister telling The Telegraph that whipping the MPs was the "right approach".

And Mrs May's official spokesman confirmed the money was not conditional on MPs backing the Brexit deal, telling reporters it was "absolutely not" a bribe in return for votes.

Britain's Brexit negotiators headed back to Brussels on Tuesday vowing to "get a deal over the line" as they seek European Union support to break the stalemate in London before this month's divorce deadline.

Given the risks, British MPs last week agreed to give May more time to seek changes from Brussels, but if she can not get her deal passed by March 12, she has agreed to let parliament vote for a Brexit delay.

With just 24 days to go until Britain is set to leave the EU, UK attorney general Geoffrey Cox and Brexit minister Stephen Barclay will meet Barnier for talks due to start at 1700 (1600 GMT).

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The ERG's list of demands were drawn up together with Northern Ireland's DUP, which also opposes the backstop, The Sunday Times reported.

Mrs May has promised MPs a "meaningful vote" on her deal by March 12. United Kingdom will be leaving Brexit on 29March.

May said economic prosperity in Britain had been "unfairly spread" for too long.

Labour MP Caroline Flint told Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday that given the choice between "an improved deal and no deal, we should seriously consider the improved deal".

Ms Nandy said the Stronger Towns Fund, of which £281m will be allocated to the North West, was "stitch-up politics".

A Labour party spokesperson said: "Holding a second referendum before the outcome of the first has even been implemented flies in the face of basic democracy".

The poll serves as another blow to Theresa May's withdrawal agreement as 69 per cent of those polled would choose remain in a second referendum, if the option was placed against her deal.

"The reason our towns are struggling is because of a decade of cuts, including to council funding and a failure to invest in businesses and our communities, " John McDonnell, Labour's shadow chancellor said. "I think the signals we are getting are reasonably positive, I don't want to overstate them because I think there is still a lot of work to do".

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