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Monday, 11 March 2019 15:00

Brexit talks 'deadlocked', says Downing Street

Brexit talks 'deadlocked', says Downing Street

Downing Street has described the Brexit talks in Brussels as “deadlocked” after negotiations over the weekend failed to find a breakthrough on the Irish backstop, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to The Guardian.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and President of the European commission Jean-Claude Juncker spoke on the telephone on Sunday evening, but plans for the prime minister to visit to the Belgian capital to sign off on any compromise are on hold.

The EU is refusing to budge on the British proposal for what it believes is an attempt to build a unilateral exit mechanism into the Irish backstop, the arrangement that would keep the UK in a customs union to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

The prime minister pledged in parliament to put her deal to the Commons on Tuesday but she is being urged by senior Conservative MPs to pull the vote if she fails to secure significant concessions from Brussels.

Leading Tories have warned Downing Street it could face a three-figure defeat similar to the historic 230-vote loss in January if the government goes ahead.

They have advised her instead to replace the vote with a motion setting out the kind of Brexit deal that would be acceptable to Tory MPs to keep the party together and put pressure on Brussels.

More details: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/11/brexit-talks-deadlocked-says-downing-street

Person in charge of the newsline: Olga Nagiyeva 

 

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