PM calls on MPs to 'hold their nerve' on Brexit

Meeting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar greets British Prime Minister Theresa May at Farmleigh House last night

Mrs May is looking for a way to assuage her party's concerns about the Northern Ireland "backstop" - the default arrangements to avoid a hard border between the province and the Republic of Ireland if Britain and the European Union struggle to reach a long-term partnership agreement in the years ahead.

Mrs May had been expected to deliver her statement on Wednesday ahead of a Commons debate on Thursday, but her official spokesman said the earlier timing would "give parliament a couple of days to digest the content".

British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Opposition Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn are set to hold more talks over Brexit amid speculation that the government would soften its stance on Customs Union.

Some of those organising the push to take the March "deal or no deal" choice off the table believe there are at least 10 government ministers who would be ready to quit.

Responding to his letter of last week, May wrote: "It is good to see that we agree that the United Kingdom should leave the European Union with a deal and that the urgent task at hand is to find a deal that honours our commitments to the people of Northern Ireland, can command support in Parliament and can be negotiated with the EU - not to seek an election or second referendum".

She was answering a technical question about the CRAG (the constitutional reform and governance bill before you ask, Brexit is nothing if not replete with acronyms). Dromey said in an interview.

"We can't go down the path of no-deal, we can't allow the continuing drift towards the cliff, because if the country falls into the abyss the consequences will be catastrophic", Dromey said.

Other potential amendments are also on hold until after May's statement.

The prime minister Theresa May is to update the Commons later today over the latest Brexit negotiations with Brussels and Dublin, as they desperately try to find a way through the Irish border impasse.

Of course, Labour want power, they don't want to be associated with helping May get her Brexit deal through.

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

"It's clear from our side that we are not going to reopen the withdrawal agreement but we will continue our discussion in the coming days", Barnier said afterwards.

In her letter to Mr Corbyn, Mrs May avoided the usual combative tone that characterises exchanges between the two party leaders, declaring herself "grateful" to her opponent for meeting her last week and for his offer of further talks to break the deadlock. "That isn't right in terms of the respect for parliament", said Starmer.

The deal's reciprocal arrangement also clarifies plans for some 17,000 British citizens who reside in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Mr. Barnier has said the European Union was willing to consider changes to the "political declaration" a 26-page framework for future negotiations on an EU-U.K. trade deal, but many Tory MPs have said that won't go far enough.

"We aren't going to reopen the withdrawal agreement", Barnier said after the meeting, which was described by a United Kingdom spokesman as "constructive".

"Construction, production and services output fell in the month (of December), the first time that there has been such a broad-based fall in monthly output since September 2012", the ONS said.

Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel stressed that the responsibility for finding a Brexit solution sat with London, Reuters reported. "We never pushed for Brexit, we never demanded Brexit", Bettel said. "The responsibility started in London and is still in London".

"We are determined to organise an orderly withdrawal".

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