Brexit breakthrough as May secures win

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The European Research Group of pro-Brexit Conservatives, which has dozens of lawmakers as members, said the amendments "do not deliver 'legally binding changes"' to the withdrawal agreement, as the government promised. Parliament's next step, in a vote Thursday, will be to seek a delay of that looming departure date.

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald said the vote showed the "absolute disregard for the people of Ireland, for our rights, our economy and the Good Friday Agreement that is at the heart of the Tory Brexit agenda".

The EU, meanwhile, is frustrated at what it sees as the inability of Britain's weak and divided government to lay out a clear vision for Brexit - and because May is seeking changes to an agreement she helped negotiate.

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Lisa Chambers, Brexit spokesperson for Ireland's main opposition party, Fianna Fail, said the European Union had granted some leeway to UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Times urged MPs to consider the deal against a wider backdrop of "global instability" - and said it is "farcical" that they will vote on a package "they will have had just hours to assess". The U.K. said it will "not introduce any new checks or controls on goods" moving between these two countries.

"If we leave without a deal, we will set the majority of our import tariffs to zero, whilst maintaining tariffs for the most sensitive industries", Trade Policy Minister George Hollingbery said.

The PM said: "What we have secured is very clearly that the backstop can not be indefinite".

At a decisive moment in Britain's long road out of the EU, May told the House of Commons it was "absolutely imperative for this House that we meet the decision that was taken by the British people in June 2016" to leave the 28-nation bloc. Economists say it could cause huge upheaval, with customs checks causing gridlock at United Kingdom ports, new tariffs triggering sudden price increases and red tape for everyone from truckers to tourists.

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At the heart of the dispute is the so-called Northern Irish backstop, an insurance policy to prevent a return of border controls between the British province and European Union member Ireland that Britain wants to change to ease fears in parliament.

"These will cover our approach to tariffs and the Northern Ireland border among other matters".

In a written legal opinion, Cox said that if U.K. -EU negotiations became stalled through "intractable differences", Britain would have "no internationally lawful means of exiting the Protocol's arrangements, save by agreement".

The Telegraph said there was "a backdrop of exasperation" to the Prime Minister's trip to Brussels and that a deal will only succeed if there is "no doubt" that the backstop is temporary.

Mrs May is likely to arrive in Strasbourg in mid-evening, and a statement to the Commons by Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has been put back to around 10pm.

"Let's hope Parliament gets this revised deal over the line".

If she loses the vote, May has said lawmakers will get a vote on Wednesday on whether to leave without a deal and, if they reject that, then a vote on whether to ask for a limited delay to Brexit.

Mr Martin believes an extension to Brexit negotiations is required but warned that Ireland needed to prepare for the worst.

Cutting tariffs on imported goods would ease the hit to British consumers from an expected jump in inflation in the event of a no-deal Brexit which would probably cause sterling to tumble and make imports more expensive. "Please make up your minds in London, because this uncertainty can not continue".

Parliament will vote on May's deal and the political declaration, as well as the three new documents revealed Monday night.

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