May calls Juncker again on Brexit, talks continue - PM's spokesman

May calls Juncker again on Brexit, talks continue - PM's spokesman

May calls Juncker again on Brexit, talks continue - PM's spokesman

Ireland's deputy prime minister says United Kingdom leader Theresa May is set to hold last-minute talks with European Union leaders to try to save her foundering Brexit divorce deal. Tomorrow, there's another vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to leave the EU.

It would also raise the possibility of postponing Brexit, after Ms May promised to allow MPs a vote later this week on whether to accept a "no deal" scenario or request a short delay from the EU.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday secured "legally binding" changes to her Brexit deal just less than 24 hours before a meaningful vote in the parliament on the deal, according to senior British official here.

May, who rejected a Brexit compromise hashed out in Brussels on Saturday, was due to travel to Strasbourg later on Monday, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said. That would give her a little more time for negotiation, but it also might spell the end of her office.

But neither No 10 or the European Commission have confirmed this, with a spokesperson for the latter saying: "We keep talking and working".

"The negotiations are ongoing".

Another vote is scheduled for Tuesday.

Brexit talks between the United Kingdom and the European Union officials have reached a "deadlock" after negotiations over the weekend, a statement from the British government said Monday as a crucial week in the House of Commons looms.

Sterling fell in early trade on Monday but later erased most of its losses, trading at $1.2999 at 1145 GMT.

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

"The choice is clear", he said.

She appealed to Labour, Conservative and Scottish Nationalist Party members to back the deal and defer seeking changes until they debate legislation in the weeks ahead.

The main disagreement over the border issue has been over an EU-suggested backstop - keeping Northern Ireland in the EU single market and the Customs Union after Brexit until a solution is found - because it would create a sort of a border within the the Irish Sea.

Brexit-supporters in Britain fear the backstop could be used to bind the country to European Union regulations indefinitely.

He said: "Tonight we will be laying two new documents in the House; a joint legally-biding instrument on the Withdrawal Agreement and protocol on Northern Ireland and a joint statement to supplement the political declaration".

"No one is looking to trap anyone anywhere".

"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.

"If she comes forward with a process on Thursday then that would be a way forward ... but if she doesn't that is when we will be looking at possible amendments or other approaches ... to make sure you can get indicative votes", Cooper said in a speech at the Centre for European Reform.

Juncker published clarifications to the Brexit deal in a letter posted to Twitter, warning "it is this deal, or #Brexit may not happen at all".

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