Second Brexit meaningful vote: timeline of events this week

Nigel Farage the former leader

Nigel Farage the former leader

"The UK will have less sovereign power to withdraw from the backstop than it has to leave the European Union itself", he wrote in the Daily Telegraph. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay accompanied the PM to the talks.

But it would also raise the possibility of a delay to Brexit.

In other diplomatic moves, an emergency meeting of Irish cabinet ministers was called for Monday night.

But this offer from the Frenchman - who spent Sunday watching the rugby Six Nations in Dublin with Irish premier Leo Varadkar - is unlikely to be enough.

The Government must table its motion for Tuesday's debate by the end of the day, alongside the publication of any relevant documents.

The legal advice of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox is also expected to be published.

Downing Street acknowledged negotiations were "deadlocked" and that a phone call between the Prime Minister and Jean-Claude Juncker failed to produce any breakthrough.

The comments come amid frantic negotiations in Brussels as negotiators try to reach a last-minute agreement with the European Union, largely centred on the issue of the Irish backstop.

Should Mrs May's deal face another Parliamentary defeat a number of outcomes could occur.

Mr Walker was jeered by Labour MPs as he explained he had been sent because negotiations were "at a critical stage". "And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it".

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) deputy leader Nigel Dodds speaking during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons in London, January 30, 2019.

Theresa May wins Brexit assurances from European Union on eve of crucial vote
Mrs May has so far given no indication which way she would vote or whether Tory MPs would be whipped to back the Government line. But Mrs May's official spokesman confirmed it remains the plan to stage the "meaningful vote" on the Brexit deal on Tuesday.

The meaningful vote on the PM's Brexit deal will happen on Tuesday, but it is widely anticipated MPs will reject it.

The prime minister was warned that her position could be in jeopardy unless she stuck to commitments she made about this week's votes.

At Westminster, speculation has centred on the prospect of the Prime Minister watering down her commitment to hold a vote on her Brexit deal following the failure of talks to provide suitable concessions over the Northern Ireland backstop.

But if Brexit is delayed and the United Kingdom is denied the right to elect new MEPs, the hardline Eurosceptic group says ministers would "deny democracy" to the British people. She survived a bid to oust her through a no-confidence vote in December, so can't be forced from office for a year.

If the vote is rejected, there will be further votes on Wednesday and Thursday that could lead to Brexit being delayed.

"Technical" talks aimed at securing concessions from the European Union failed to secure a breakthrough over the weekend.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the pro-Brexit Tory European Research Group, told the Times it "would not be a foolish way to proceed".

John Longworth, the ground'a chairman, said: "We are determined to challenge the government and EU if they attempt to deny the democratic right of the people of the United Kingdom to be represented in the EU Parliament".

May's office says talks are continuing to try to secure changes to the deal that can win over opponents in Parliament.

Ed Vaizey, who backed Mrs May's deal in the first meaningful vote, said: "I am going to vote for the deal". They may try to extend Article 50.

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