May to appeal for more time to secure backstop changes

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After a meeting with the European Union Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, alongside, President Donald Tusk, UK Prime Minister, Theresa May said on Thursday, the 7th of February, that, she had observed and heard, a yearning from the European Union leaders to ensure that Britain was not leaving without a practical deal.

Mrs May described discussions with European Union leaders in Brussels as "robust but constructive" and insisted she was determined to "negotiate hard" over the coming days to secure legally-binding changes to the Agreement which will render it acceptable to Parliament.

The Prime Minister has insisted there will be another meaningful vote over the coming weeks but Labour will try to bring that forward significantly.

Sir Keir earlier said his plan was necessary to put a "hard stop" to Mrs May "running down the clock" before the March 29 deadline.

Jeremy Corbyn has accused May of a "cynical" attempt to run down the clock before the March 29 Brexit date in order to leave MPs with a stark choice of accepting her deal or crashing out of the European Union without any agreement.

Tony Blair has renewed warnings that a no-deal Brexit could be "devastating" for the Northern Ireland peace process and says a second referendum could still happen. "That isn't right in terms of the respect for Parliament".

MPs voted to replace the controversial backstop with "alternative arrangements" in a vote on amendments to the PM's Brexit deal last month.

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Sir Keir said: "It's this blinkered approach that's got us to where we are, with her never wanting to see where the real majority is in Parliament".

It comes after the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has written to the Prime Minister setting out his demands for a Brexit deal he could support, accused Mrs May of an "utterly cynical" approach. A no-deal Brexit means a really hard border between north and south in Ireland, it's contrary to the Good Friday...

"You would have a hard border, very hard border".

"We have to keep it together, because in the end, any chance of effective opposition goes if an opposition party starts to lose members from their team".

Speaking on Sky News's Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Blair said: "No one could responsibly propose (a no-deal Brexit)".

"It seems to me we're now at the point where we can have meaningful talks to get a deal between the main political party leaders", he said.

"I think by extending the deadline that doesn't create any new information, all that does is delay things and I think that would be a very bad idea".

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