Time ‘extremely short’ to settle Brexit deal, says EU’s negotiator Barnier


Although MPs could try and engineer votes this Thursday that could reshape Brexit, the expectation is that they will now wait for Mrs May's next update on Tuesday February 26.

Prime Minister Theresa May reacts during a press conference at 10 Downing Street. We were promised there would be a deal last October - that didn't happen. It is that promise that led to this week's vote.

Major has been campaigning, alongside former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, for a second referendum to be held on whether Britain should relinquish its European Union membership.

She'll make a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Mrs May was on her feet for more than two hours in the House of Commons today taking questions after her government has been forced to hold regular ministerial statements and debates. If not when will they be? Pro-EU Tories who aren't that keen on rebelling might be convinced to give May some breathing space and see what concessions she drags out of Brussels by then.

Mrs Leadsom said: "I think she's making quite clear that what Corbyn is demanding is actually not as good as what the Prime Minister's deal is offering". This is an irresponsible act.

"She is playing for time, and playing with people's jobs, our economic security, and the future of our industries", he said.

"Solid growth in households' spending, thanks to low inflation and robust labour income growth, should keep GDP on a slightly rising path". Our manufacturing sector is mired in recession.

He said the recent decision of Nissan to cancel a planned investment in its Sunderland plant "may only be the thin end of the wedge".

The Commons Leader refused to explicitly rule out the idea of MPs voting on any future agreement secured by the Prime Minister after the next EU Council Summit scheduled for March 21.

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But EU leaders insist the legally binding withdrawal agreement can't be changed.

What a week for the prime minister and her team.

"The talks are at a crucial stage", May added.

In response, the opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said "tell that [hold our nerve] to Nissan workers in Sunderland" and those concerned with their jobs.

_Watch May speak in the video player above. To stand by and do nothing would be a complete dereliction of duty.

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. Corbyn's willingness to support a deal, rather than call for a second referendum, has dismayed some of his MPs who want the party to support a "People's Vote".

Meanwhile, Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar reportedly quashed May's hopes of renegotiating the clause over dinner in Dublin on Friday night, telling Sky News he only wanted to "restore confidence and trust" at the meeting.

In a letter replying to Mr Blackford she said: "As you are aware, we have put forward a proposal that is based around a permanent and comprehensive customs union with a say in future trade agreements, close alignment with the single market underpinned by shared institutions, dynamic alignment on rights and protections to ensure that standards in the United Kingdom do not fall behind those of the EU, participation in EU agencies and continued collaboration on security issues". That is key to maintaining an open border on the island of Ireland.

Britain's Treasury chief Philip Hammond sought to paint an optimistic picture, arguing that the British economy remains "fundamentally strong" and that it is "enjoying the longest unbroken quarterly growth streak" among the Group of Seven industrialized countries.