Varadkar stands firm as May cancels Brexit vote

Prime Minister Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accused May of "pathetic cowardice" by avoiding the vote on the deal, noting that May chose the interests of her own party over the interests of the whole country.

MPs are most upset about the commitment in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to a Northern Irish backstop that would keep the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU with no exit mechanism or time limit, but Mrs May and her team believed a combination of time pressure and a fear of no deal would win her the day.

European Council President Donald Tusk has organised a meeting for Thursday to make preparations, saying: "We will not renegotiate the deal, including the backstop, but we are ready to discuss how to facilitate United Kingdom ratification".

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who chairs the European Research Group of Conservative Eurosceptic MPs, renewed his threat to May's occupancy of 10 Downing Street, saying that this is what two years of May's attempts to handle Brexit had led to.

With the number of MPs publicly opposed to her deal well into three figures, the Prime Minister.

An Irish Government source said: "We have been very careful not to talk about a united Ireland during this, so to hear it from the British Prime Minister was extraordinary".

She will hold crisis talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today and will meet Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague.

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Conservative MP for Havant, Alan Mak, added: 'It's right that she re-engages with the European Union on the backstop, so deferring the vote to allow time for that is sensible'.

Hours after the humiliation of scrapping a Commons vote on her withdrawal agreement, she headed off on a frantic tour of European capitals.

"What I would like to happen today is for Conservative Members of Parliament to realise that we simply can not go staggering forward any longer like this and I'm afraid to put their letters of no confidence in", Mr Baker told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "The prime minister must either govern or quit", he added.

He confirmed he would meet Mrs May on Tuesday evening but reiterated: "The deal we have achieved is the best deal possible - it is the only deal possible".

European Union leaders had already warned that there will be no renegotiations of the deal, Sky News reported, citing Varadkar and a spokesperson for Juncker.

It came as Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom suggested Mrs May was seeking changes that would give Parliament an additional "democratic ability to decide". The Irish government added that preparations in Brussels for a "no-deal" outcome should "intensify".

He pointedly refused to reject criticisms by Andrea Leadsom of the role played by the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, in shaping the Brexit debate.

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