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But Mrs May's intention to return to Brussels to reopen negotiations on the controversial Northern Ireland backstop has been met with a firm rebuff from European leaders.

At this point, "MPs whose preferred forms of Brexit are considered less likely will have to reconsider; now people are stuck on their first choices, and will have to find somewhere where parliament has a majority", Jill Rutter, programme director at the Institute for Government thinktank in London, told FRANCE 24.

British lawmakers voted on Tuesday to send May back to Brussels seeking to replace an Irish border provision in the deal with "alternative arrangements", ignoring European Union warnings that the agreement can not be altered.

"We can't know at this stage exactly which of those scenarios would happen".

Most of the criticism of Mrs May's Brexit agreement has focused on the so-called backstop arrangement aimed at avoiding a hard Irish border.

It would see the United Kingdom following all EU rules and regulations, including the customs union and single market, to the end of 2021 or until a new trade deal with the EU can be put into effect.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday negotiations with the European Union could run close to the March 29 deadline and Britain might need a short delay to pass necessary legislation.

The House of Commons is set to hold another round of votes on amendments on Thursday, February 14 if the prime minister has not been able to secure parliamentary approval for her deal by then.

The next summit at which European leaders could agree any changes to the agreement or an extension to the negotiating period to avoid no deal is on March 21, only eight days before Britain is due to leave the EU. He called on Mrs May to "face the reality that no-deal is not an option".

"During the searches to date Gardaí (Irish police) have recovered a substantial quantity of ammunition of varied caliber along with a mortar tube (pending examination by Garda ballistics experts)", the police said in a statement.

Mrs May's trip to Liverpool saw her unable to answer an urgent question in the House of Commons from Mr Corbyn on what progress she had made in achieving legal changes to her Brexit deal.

Tuesday's votes change all that - and not just because parliament explicitly rejected a no-deal outcome (although that doesn't hurt).

"There's no expectation, this isn't transactional politics".

The talks have included the idea of creating a "transformation fund" which could be invested in mining communities and other post-industrial, leave-supporting areas to support job creation, according to Mann.

Meanwhile, Mrs Leadsom told MPs that "in light of the significant decisions taken by the House this week" she was giving the House notice that "there are now no plans to bring forward a motion to agree dates for the February recess".

It is not clear, however, if this amendment will be fully backed by the Labour leadership or command the support of the Commons.

And Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar insisted "renegotiation is not on the table".

"There is still time", said Juncker.

Meanwhile Mr Corbyn, speaking in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, told reporters: "It is possible that there will have to be an extension in order to get an agreement because we can not leave the European Union on March 29 without an agreement". Believe me, this has been explored endlessly in the negotiations over the last two years'.


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