Merkel ally floats idea of broader talks with UK if Brexit delayed

Merkel ally floats idea of broader talks with UK if Brexit delayed

Following the top level discussions, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said: "We have had a long series of discussions with a series of Cabinet ministers today".

This is the date May has given for an exit under her deal.

France said that a short Brexit delay merely to discuss May's existing deal was "out of the question".

On Thursday night, the MPs voted 412 votes to 202 to approve of Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to delay Brexit, after the House of Commons earlier this week overwhelmingly rejected her withdrawal agreement by a large margin, for a second time, and then voted to reject a no-deal Brexit, CNN reported.

That plan, struck by May after two-and-a-half years of negotiations with the European Union, was defeated heavily in parliament in January and again on Tuesday.

The Northern Irish party crucial to UK Prime Minister Theresa May's hopes of getting her twice-defeated Brexit deal through parliament said it had good talks with ministers but differences remained over the Irish border.

Meanwhile, Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, warned Tuesday that the European Union was no longer interested in negotiating a new deal.

The bloc is more open to a long delay to allow Britain to radically change course - an idea favored by pro-EU British lawmakers who want to maintain close ties with the EU.

In a letter to the Times, cross-bench peer and QC Lord Pannick said the United Kingdom would be "entitled to terminate the withdrawal agreement" under this clause - although he questioned whether it would be "wise politically". May's spokesman said the government was still making preparations for a no-deal exit. Reality Check unpacks the basics.

The DUP has branded Brexit talks with the Government as "constructive".

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"We have had good discussions".

This incredible state of affairs has come to pass despite the Prime Minister having repeatedly promised that Article 50 would not be extended and that Brexit would be delivered "on time" - in line with her now long-abandoned mantra that "no deal is better than a bad deal".

That gives her three days next week to overturn the 149-vote defeat she suffered on March 12.

"We will keep up the pressure for a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal".

"Some of our concerns are not new".

Dodds has been particularly vocal that May's government has not faithfully implemented what was agreed and included in paragraph 50 of the joint report in December 2017, which stated the assembly would have a veto over any new regulatory difference.

The Prime Minister apparently breaking her word by attempting to Article 50 - she will require the EU's agreement to do so - will leave many wondering whether they can trust her other promises; for example her vow to stand aside as party leader before the next general election, made in exchange for Tory MPs not backing her ouster in a recent vote of no confidence.

Brussels has begun preparations for a possible delay to Brexit beyond the current March 29 deadline after MPs backed an extension to the Article 50 process. It should be noted that the votes are not legally binding and a no-deal Brexit on March 29 is still a possibilty unless the two sides reach a deal.

A delay would also see Britain take part in European Parliament elections in May - bizarrely re-immersing the country in EU politics after Brexit was originally meant to have gone into effect.

European Union leaders meet for a two-day summit starting on Thursday, with many in two minds about how long Britain should get beyond the March 29 Brexit day, which is enshrined in law.

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