Theresa May tells MPS to 'hold our nerve' over Brexit deal

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The letter comes as the prime minister accused of running down the clock in order to force MPs to back her Brexit deal.

Last month, the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement that May struck with the European Union in November was overwhelmingly rejected by the Commons, and May promised she would go back and negotiate new concessions from the EU.

Brexit minister Stephen Barclay will meet European Union negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday to discuss changes to the part of the exit deal relating to the "backstop", an insurance policy against the return of a hard border between European Union member Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland.

With a vote due on February 14, May will ask Parliament to reaffirm its desire to remove the contentious Irish backstop clause from the Withdrawal Agreement, according to an official, who asked not to be identified.

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"We need to get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people and building a better future for this country", she said on the steps of Downing Street in the wake of the result, a huge Christmas tree in the background failing to add much festive cheer to the occasion.

The group say they would then put down an amendment creating parliamentary time for a bill requiring the Prime Minister and Parliament to decide by mid-March whether the United Kingdom is leaving with a deal, without a deal or whether it will seek an extension to Article 50.

"By getting the changes we need to the backstop; by protecting and enhancing workers' rights and environmental protections; and by enhancing the role of parliament in the next phase of negotiations I believe we can reach a deal that this House can support", May said. If this is true, May's reign would come to an end shortly after finally delivering Brexit.

Housing secretary James Brokenshire it would be allowing her more time to come up with a compromise.

I know that sounds nebulous, a word you might choose to use.

She also confirmed, somewhat controversially, that the government would set aside funding for Labour constituencies which had been "left behind", a policy that has been criticised as bribery in exchange for support.

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The Labour leader wrote to the PM on Wednesday with a list of five demands to secure his party's support for her deal, including a permanent customs union.

May struck a conciliatory tone in her response to a letter from Corbyn, which set out his five demands for a Brexit deal.

There remains a divide over the customs union, even though May did not reject any of his conditions outright in the letter.

Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to salvage the Brexit deal she agreed on with the European Union late a year ago after it was overwhelmingly rejected by British lawmakers. He has also faced pressure from some of his MPs to push for another public vote on Brexit. He said Mrs May's agreement would achieve most of Mr Corbyn's goals without preventing independent trade deals.

Oliver Holtemoeller, a co-author of the study, said that the divorce without a deal would see tariffs imposed at the border which would tangle global supply chains.

May's thinking, it is suspected, is that by going at a time of her own choosing and in a position of relative strength, she will be able to have some say over who the next Tory leader will be.

Sir Oliver added: "Any MP who genuinely wants to prevent an under-prepared no-deal Brexit will need to vote for this bill at the end of February".

"Membership of the customs union would be a less desirable outcome than that which is provided in the political declaration" of the deal already reached, May said.

But today the prime minister said that process could be put on fast forward.

The PM said she wanted the Tory and Labour teams to consider "alternative arrangements" to the Irish border backstop.

Despite opening the possibility of inter-party co-operation, these continued meetings have caused unrest with groups in both the Conservative and Labour parties.