Ireland unites for Brexit meeting

Ireland unites for Brexit meeting

After Mrs May unveiled her Brexit withdrawal agreement a year ago Trump warned the PM to "do something" about the trading terms.

While the British government is continuing its efforts to win legally-binding changes to the Irish backstop agreement, European Union officials have repeatedly insisted the withdrawal agreement isn't open for re-negotiation.

On Saturday, she wrote to each of her party's lawmakers asking them to sacrifice "personal preferences" to unite in the "higher service of the national interest".

On Friday (15 February), Barclay was meeting ambassadors of European Union states in London before travelling to Brussels on Monday (18 February) together with the British Attorney General Geoffrey Cox for more talks with Barnier.

Mr Coveney was speaking ahead of a trip by Prime Minister Theresa May to Brussels this week to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

On Thursday night, MPs rejected a motion expressing support for May's efforts to seek changes to her Brexit deal, after members of her own Conservative party abstained.

Tomorrow, Britain's Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, is expected to give a speech setting out the changes which would be necessary to make any alterations to the backstop legally acceptable.

The letter said: 'History will judge us all for the parts we have played in this process. But we stand now at a crucial moment.

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But the Cabinet source dismissed the suggestion that the United Kingdom could leave without a deal, predicting that it will go down to the wire.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has met the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels.

- International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the Sunday Telegraph EU leaders were threatening their economies and risking defeats in upcoming elections if they failed to reach a Brexit agreement.

"Unfortunately it appears a small caucus of MPs representing a minority in Westminster is willing to cause a "no deal" Brexit".

U.S. President Donald Trump said he expects trade with the U.K.to increase "substantially", handing a boost to Theresa May, the beleaguered prime minister, who has flagged a trans-Atlantic agreement as one of the great prizes of Brexit.

"It needs significant changes, I'm not saying a little change would be sufficient, it requires a renegotiation", he told the Press Association.

With Labour also deeply split over Brexit, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the party would "look at" a compromise proposal put forward by backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson to back a second Brexit referendum in the next round of Brexit votes on February 27. "How can anyone, if they're talking to people in business about no deal and the consequences, seriously just sit there and say that it will all be fine?", he said.

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