Theresa May avoids ruling out no-deal in fresh Brexit amendments

Then British Prime Minister John Major leaving No.10 Downing Street in London

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"Surely this can't go on another week without some direction", she said.

Shannon said he believed numerous 118 of May's own Conservative lawmakers who voted against her deal would also be willing to back it if the backstop had a time limit.

Attempts to forge a consensus with the opposition Labour Party failed so May is expected to focus on winning over 118 rebels in her own party and the small Northern Irish party which props up her government with concessions from the EU.

After May's motion is published, MPs will be able to propose amendments to it, setting out alternatives to her deal.

May's government then survived a confidence vote on Wednesday and set about talks with figures from rival parties. A second referendum, she warned, "could damage social cohesion by undermining faith in our democracy". There are few signs she will make radical changes to her deal, though she may seek alterations to its most contentious section: an insurance policy known as the "backstop" that is meant to guarantee there are no customs checks along the Irish border.

Asked about media reports (see 9 a.m.) the United Kingdom could seek a bilateral deal with Ireland - or even to amend the Good Friday Agreement - to avoid the need for a backstop, Slack said it's "not something we're looking at".

May said she would consult MPs "to consider how we might meet our obligations to the people of Northern Ireland and Ireland in a way that can command the greatest possible support in the House".

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"And I will then take the conclusions of those discussions back to the European Union".

Following talks in Brussels, Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney said Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier had assured him the European Union remains "firmly supportive" of the Withdrawal Agreement in full, including its guarantees of no hard border in Ireland. Both groups say they will not back the deal unless the border backstop is removed.

Czaputowicz broke ranks to suggest a five-year limit to the backstop could be a way to "unblock negotiations". "I don't know if it's feasible - if Ireland is ready to put forward such a proposal, but I have an impression that it might unblock the negotiations".

Speaking in Brussels, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney dismissed the idea.

May didn't mention any specific limit on the backstop in Parliament. Rather than unveiling a Plan B, she set out Plan May with some procedural bells and whistles.

"It's like last week's vote never happened".

But Sir Stephen Laws, who used to be the government's legislation chief and now works at the Policy Exchange think-tank, said there was a risk of the monarch being asked to "veto" the plan.

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May regretted that Labor opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn had not taken part in talks with her party last week.

May spoke to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday and to European Union leaders Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk by telephone Friday to discuss where to go next on Brexit.

"This really does feel a bit like 'Groundhog Day, '" he said, referring to the 1993 film starring Bill Murray, in which a weatherman is fated to live out the same day over and over again.

Neale Richmond, a member of Ireland's governing Fine Gael party and chairman of the upper house of Parliament's Brexit committee, said the Good Friday Agreement can not be renegotiated lightly. You can't take your most powerful card off the table and indeed if there isn't a deal, which it looks as if there won't be a deal, the default position is that we leave with no deal.

According to The Daily Telegraph, senior European Union sources have called May's new plan a non-starter while British government sources are "skeptical" that it would work, as the plan is likely to prove controversial and would require the consent of all the parties involved in Northern Ireland.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas pointed out on Monday: "We now know what they don't want in London". They want the backstop either scrapped or time limited. Ms.

"It's a very sensitive issue and therefore it's an issue which in the discussions to come I can not imagine there will be much change".

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