Will Not Renegotiate "Best And Only Possible" Brexit Deal, EU Insists

Mrs May hopes she will be thrown a lifeline by European leaders

Mrs May hopes she will be thrown a lifeline by European leaders

The Prime Minister will also meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday in her bid to gain reassurances on the exit deal from European leaders ahead of a crunch EU summit on Thursday, after leaving Westminster in turmoil.

"It's good to speak to each other, but there will certainly be no promises of any kind that we will reopen matters now and renegotiate".

But European Council president Donald Tusk warned the bloc would not reopen the agreement secured in November after months of negotiations, with Brexit looming on 29 March.

May admitted that "there remains widespread and deep concern" over the Northern Ireland backstop.

May hinted the process would resume in the New Year, suggesting MPs would have to vote by the end of January.

So, what next for Mrs May?

European parliament Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt also told May: "If she is looking for a closer relationship with the EU to avoid the use of this backstop, there will be no obstacle, no problem".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs on Monday (10 December) that she would return to Brussels to seek new concessions on the Irish "backstop" as she postponed a vote in parliament to give herself one last chance to salvage her battered Brexit deal.

And Mr Tusk pointed out in a tweet that time for discussion was running out.

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The UK prime minister is expected to speak to other European Union colleagues on Monday to try to secure changes to the backstop, while also holding last-minute meetings with Tory MPs to try to win more support for her deal.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is ruling out any renegotiation of the divorce agreement with Britain but says elements of the Brexit deal could still be clarified. The DUP were loud critics of May's deal.

Jeremy Corbyn said a decision to delay the vote showed the United Kingdom does not "have a functioning government".

It would, however, means Northern Ireland (NI) - which already has a degree of autonomy from London- would have regulatory alignment with the EU.

Facing nearly certain defeat, Prime Minister May on Monday postponed a vote in Parliament on her Brexit deal, saying she would go back to European Union leaders to seek changes to the divorce agreement. It now appears that the PM realized the light was the headlamp of an oncoming train and she's reportedly going to delay the vote yet again.

However, the British media reported that May's spokesman said the government disagreed, and that no vote was required on Tuesday for parliament to "move on" and vote on Brexit another time.

The Labour Party was urged by other smaller opposition parties to trigger a vote of no confidence in the Government but said it would not act right away.

But Labour has rejected calls from the SNP, the Lib Dems and some of its own MPs, to hold a vote of no confidence in the prime minister on Tuesday.

"We will put down a motion of no confidence when we judge it most likely to be successful", a party spokesperson said.

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