Sinn Féin raise concerns that Brexit vote was postponed

Sinn Féin raise concerns that Brexit vote was postponed

We do, however, think that this is very unlikely and instead expect a possible downward revision to short term growth and inflation forecasts.

Mr Juncker said the backstop was "necessary" for the entire coherence of the agreement and it was necessary for the Republic of Ireland.

Yet, with a sizable section of government firmly against the PM's current deal, the market is unlikely to take an optimistic view that any reassurances from the European Union on the backstop would in any way increase the likelihood of her deal passing in a delayed vote. Callanan, arriving at the European Council for foreign policy talks with fellow ministers, said May was seeking a binding promise that the backstop is not indefinite.

If that happens she can not be challenged for at least another year.

It's after she delayed the crucial House of Commons vote on her deal.

But facing a huge rebellion of her own Tory MPs, primarily over the backstop clause created to keep open Britain's border with Ireland, Mrs May conceded she expected to lose and delayed it.

The vote was on whether or not to accept the withdrawal agreement between Britain and the European Union, but May postponed it amidst widespread feeling that she lacked the support to have it passed, and would face a heavy defeat.

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, expressed his disbelief at the political chaos engulfing Westminster. It's taken two years to put together. "It's time they make up their mind!"

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This is referring to the negotiation tactics of Leo Varadkar.

"They are afraid to tell people how bad it's going to be if there's no deal".

The delay also prompted outrage among MPs, with one leading Conservative rebel, Brexit-supporter Mark Francois, accusing the government of having "hidden in the toilets".

Ahead of their meeting, Mrs Foster underlined the precarious nature of Mrs May's position as she reaffirmed the DUP's implacable opposition to the backstop which, it says, impose a "border in the Irish Sea" between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. While no exact timetable for the vote was given, it would need to take place no later than 21st January.

Former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson has become the latest Tory MP to call for a vote of no confidence in Theresa May amid claims she is on the brink of a leadership challenge.

Labour added it would hold off on trying to unseat Mrs May for now.

She told Today: "We need to judge when the opportunity arises as to when this would be most successful, and we are now liaising with various political parties across Westminster".

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