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Theresa May to ask MPs for more time on Brexit talks


LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday will plead with MPs to provide her more time for talks with EU officers on her Brexit deal, telling them they will have to hang their nerve.

May is about to replace parliament on her newest conferences in Brussels and Dublin geared toward securing a divorce settlement with the EU, with Britain due to leave the bloc on March 29.

"The talks are at a crucial stage," May will say, in keeping with extracts from her observation to parliament released prematurely through her Downing Street office.

MPs closing month overwhelmingly rejected the deal struck between May and Brussels and the British premier has since been making an attempt to secure adjustments that might fulfill parliament's decrease House of Commons.

Brexiteer MPs in her Conservative Party are in particular unhappy with the so-called backstop provision intended to keep the border with Ireland free-flowing.

Some concern it will leave Britain trapped in the European Union's trade rules with out a unilateral manner out — however would back a deal if the backstop was once time-limited or replaced with choice preparations.

"We now all need to hold our nerve to get the changes this house has required and deliver Brexit on time," May is due to inform MPs.

"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."

Commons Leader Andrea said on BBC radio that May was once not simply "running down the clock" until March 29.

"What the prime minister wants is a bit more time," she said.

She said May would promise MPs they might hang a chain of votes on February 27 in an try to affect her Brexit technique if she has not agreed a new deal through then.

Leadsom, accountable for bringing govt trade through parliament, said the talks had been "pretty crucial but delicate negotiations with the EU to try to make sure that we can sort out the problem with an unlimited backstop".

"It would be an extraordinary outcome if the thing that the backstop is seeking to avoid, which is a hard border in Northern Ireland, if the EU were so determined to be completely intransigent about it that they actually incur the very thing that they're seeking to avoid by pushing the UK into a position where we leave without a deal."

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and David Lidington, May's de facto deputy, are in Strasbourg meeting individuals of the European Parliament, while British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is in Paris as a part of a diplomatic offensive.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has known as for "clarity and movement" from Britain.


In an effort to damage the impasse, Barclay hosted Barnier for a running dinner on the British ambassador's place of abode in Brussels overdue Monday, with concern growing on either side of the Channel.


Speaking afterwards, Barnier said the talks were "constructive".


"We are clear from our side that we are not going to reopen the withdrawal agreement, but we will continue our discussion in the coming days," he told journalists.




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