Brexit: Theresa May ‘determined’ to leave European Union in March

Andrew Cummings
February 4, 2019

Brussels and London find themselves at an impasse over the final agreement to the UK's exit from the European Union, with the most recent deal having failed in the British Parliament, as the deadline of March 29 looms.

Leo Varadkar will travel to Brussels next week to discuss no-deal Brexit preparations with the leaders of the European Commission and Council.

Despite the challenges, May insisted in the article that she would "deliver Brexit on time".

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip leave a church near Maidenhead, Britain February 3, 2019.

In the Sunday Telegraph, May said, "It's why when I return to Brussels I will be battling for Britain and Northern Ireland, I will be armed with a fresh mandate, new ideas and a renewed determination to agree a pragmatic solution that delivers the Brexit the British people voted for, while ensuring there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland".

But with the clock running down until the March 29 exit date the risks of a no-deal Brexit for both Britain and the bloc are coming into sharp focus.

But Mr Coveney said no alternatives have been put forward "that achieve the shared goal of the United Kingdom and European Union to avoid a hard border", and the backstop was a "necessary guarantee".

Reiterating his call for MPs to get behind the PM's deal, he said those in power have a duty to listen to "all voices in Northern Ireland" and reminded them of the "difficult - and sometimes tragic - road" the Irish and British governments had travelled to arrive at a solution which brought The Troubles to an end. MPs voted 317 to 301 that the Irish backstop should be removed from the Brexit withdrawal agreement and replaced with alternative arrangements.

Opponents to Brexit were quick to seize on the Sky News claim, which the firm said it would not comment on.

May's office denied a report in two Sunday newspapers that her advisors were considering a June election. "That is what Parliament instructed me to do".

"This represents a significant step towards delivering Brexit and fulfilling the instruction given to us by the British public".

Writing in the Sunday Times, Simon Coveney said: "The EU will not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement and there will be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop".

Javid said: "You can have no hard border on the island of Ireland and you can use existing technology, it is perfectly possible". "That's what I'd like the most", he told Funke. "There is a deal on the table, and walking away from it will have serious consequences for us all".

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