Theresa May urges MPs to 'hold our nerve' over Brexit negotiations

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

She will tell them that talks are at a "crucial stage" but only by standing firm will we get the changes needed to get Brexit done on time - by March 29.

The EU is reluctant to make any gestures towards the United Kingdom on the backstop, not only because of maintaining peace in Northern Ireland and preventing a backdoor into the EU's single market, but also because the bloc is not convinced that any EU concession would be enough for May get a majority she needs.

The EU has reiterated it will not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement.

"In particular, I believe that we have a shared determination across the House not to allow the UK's leaving the European Union to mean any lowering of standards in relation to workers' rights, environmental protections, or health and safety".

What May hasn't promised is whether February 27 will include a new "meaningful vote" on the deal itself.

May's fellow Conservative MPs, say the backstop defeats the objective of leaving the European Union and they want it removed or amended with a time limit.

Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Monday that "something has to give" on the British side to secure an orderly Brexit.

The pair agreed to further meetings in the coming days, while their teams will continue to work to find a way forward.

She said it was possible to pass bills "quite quickly" with "goodwill" from the Commons and Lords, but added: "It's just not possible to say how quickly it could be done, but obviously it depends on the way in which there is adequate debate on the meaningful vote and that's what the Prime Minister is determined to do".

The prime minister reiterated the fact that the government intends to press ahead with seeking changes to the Irish backstop - the aspect of her Brexit deal that most enrages leavers in her own party.

The prime minister's brinkmanship means we're probably not going to know which way Brexit will go until just before March 29.

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He said that the process being used for the ratification is demeaning for parliament and "unprecedented". He said that his government had "done its patriotic duty" and would be judged by people and history.

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

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel says the U.K.is a "disunited kingdom" where pro-Brexit politicians lack ideas and courage.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, a confidante of May's for years, is one of the senior ministers that she has given the hints to.

Jack Dromey, the Labour politician whose cross-party amendment with Conservative Caroline Spelman to block a no-deal Brexit was passed by the House of Commons last month, said he is waiting until after Theresa May speaks on Tuesday before deciding whether to propose a repeat. He has also faced pressure from some of his MPs to push for another public vote on Brexit.

Mr Corbyn said Mrs May's delays were fuelling business uncertainty and sapping confidence in the government's ability to deliver Brexit.

David Lammy, a prominent spokesman for a second vote, said May's letter "makes it clear that there is no hope of her agreeing" to Corbyn's demands and thus Labour should switch to campaigning for a new vote.

May "is playing for time and playing with people's jobs, our economic security and the future of our industry", said Corbyn.

But the Eurosceptic Cabinet member, who has previously championed a "managed no deal Brexit", claimed delaying the crunch vote was not akin to the Government "running down the clock".

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).

But today the prime minister said that process could be put on fast forward.

In an unusually conciliatory letter, May told Corbyn that both parties should discuss how "alternative arrangements" to the Irish backstop - a mechanism created to avoid a hard border - might work.

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