More EU-UK Brexit talks set after Cox sets out backstop changes

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The FT also suggested Japanese trade officials have become frustrated with their British counterparts, who've arrived at meetings without specialists accompanying them, stalling talks - Tokyo has moreover ruled out replicating the terms of the Japan-EU trade agreement that took effect at the start of this month, which will be unavailable to the United Kingdom post-Brexit, making clear it seeks tougher concessions from Britain than were cemented with the EU.

The PM, in a letter to all 317 Conservative MPs after government suffered a defeat in a vote on its strategy on Valentine's Day, said the result was "disappointing" but vowed the government would continue its work to secure changes to the Irish border backstop, The Guardian reported.

The Prime Minister is trying to secure changes to the Irish backstop, an insurance policy created to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit, the BBC reported.

"The attorney general shared his thinking in terms of the legal way forward and how we address the central issue of.the legal underpinning that is temporary and his advice to parliament in terms of the indefinite nature of the backstop", Mr Barclay said.

On Tuesday, Cox is due to set out what changes would be required to eliminate that risk.

"Later this week I will travel to Brussels to discuss it with Michel Barnier and others".

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In an appeal for unity 41 days before Britain's scheduled departure, Mrs May said as party leader she had sought to "steer a course that can unite all pragmatic points of view behind a clear and coherent policy" which honours the referendum and leaves the European Union with a negotiated deal.

"It is unbelievable really that the British government and the British parliament have allowed it to come to this", Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said in Dublin.

A flag depicting the British union design and the EU design is seen outside of the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain.

"We are spending hundreds of millions of euros in Ireland preparing for a no-deal Brexit to try to protect Irish citizens", he added. Of course we want a solution here. "And yes, there's frustration", he said.

"What we need is trust and vision on both sides because what's at stake here is Britain's relationship with its European neighbours for the next 25 years".

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