The UK may have 'no option' but to delay Brexit — Liam Fox

UK official welcomes olive branch from hard-line Brexiteers

UK official welcomes olive branch from hard-line Brexiteers

With Britain due to leave the bloc on March 29, May is seeking assurances on the so-called backstop arrangement aimed at preventing a return to hard border controls between European Union member Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland.

If Mrs May secures the demands, she would win the backing of the DUP and the Brexit-supporting lawmakers in a vote on the deal which she has promised would be held before March 12, the Times said.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May told the UK parliament earlier this week that a delay in the country's withdrawal was possible if the House of Commons rejects both the government deal and a no-deal option.

Parliament rejected May's deal in January, largely because of concerns about the so-called backstop, which is created to prevent the need for physical border checks along the Irish border if negotiators fail to agree on a free-trade deal. The mechanism, known as the backstop, is a safeguard that would keep the a customs union with the EU to remove the need for checks until a permanent new trading relationship is in place.

Britain, due to exit the bloc on March 29, is trying to amend the deal to provide assurances that the backstop would not be indefinite.

Late-winter storm to bring 4-6 inches of snow, NWS says
Snow continues overnight, but the rain/snow line will be inching north as some low level warm air gets brought in from the south. The Tri-state area spent Saturday morning cleaning their walks and brushing off their cars after a sudden blast of winter.

Meanwhile, prisons minister and May ally Rory Stewart urged MPs to back the deal, arguing that an extension to Article 50 - the mechanism by which the United Kingdom leaves the European Union - would drive Britain into a "zombie world". British authorities say they have completed the cleanup of the southwestern English city of Salisbury, where a former Russian spy was poisoned with a nerve agent. That, however, is unlikely to satisfy Britain's most ardent pro-Brexit lawmakers.

The government on Monday announced a 1.6 billion-pound ($2.1 billion) package of funding over several years to help regenerate run-down communities.

Opposition Labour lawmaker Caroline Flint said she believed as many as 30 lawmakers from her party would support May's revised deal if they are allowed to vote the way they want rather than being ordered to vote against it by their party. Chris Bryant called the money "corrupt, patronizing, pathetic" and "all to appease the Brexit monster".

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to lawmakers in parliament, London, Wednesday Feb. 27, 2019.

Britain's worldwide trade secretary on Sunday welcomed proposals drawn up by hard-line Brexit supporters that outline what it will take for them to support Prime Minister Theresa May's deal with the European Union.

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