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EU's Barnier Warns Delay Must Serve a Purpose: Brexit Update

European Union leaders are planning to offer the U.K. a conditional Brexit extension at this week’s summit in Brussels, giving Prime Minister Theresa May one more chance to get her deal approved in Parliament before March 29, officials familiar with the plan said. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters any extension to Brexit day must serve a clear purpose, and that the U.K. government and Parliament need to decide what to do next, he said.
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Barnier tells May she must offer 'something new' to get long Brexit extension from EU - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May chairing cabinet after John Bercow ruled she cannot bring same Brexit deal back to Commons for vote 4.51pm GMT Here is the full text of Michel Barnier’s opening statement at the press conference. 4.36pm GMT Paris reiterated its tough line on Tuesday afternoon, insisting no extension could be granted to the UK without the government presenting a credible “new strategy or plan” which would need to ha...
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EU's Barnier says current Brexit deal is only one available

The current deal struck between Brussels and London over Britain's exit from the European Union is the only one available, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator said on Thursday. "If the United Kingdom still wants to leave the European Union and if it wants to leave in an orderly manner, which is what the prime minister says, then this treaty, such as it is, which organizes the orderly separation, this treaty is the only one possible and available," Michel Barnier said, holding up a copy of the with...
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MPs told to pass Brexit deal by next Wednesday or face long article 50 extension - as it happened

MPs vote by 321 to 278 to rule out no deal despite government whipping Tory MPs against motion, following 312-308 win for Spelman amendmentFull story: May’s final warning to Tory rebels: back me or lose BrexitHow did each MP vote?What were the no-deal amendments?Evening summary 1.57am GMT Folks, it’s time to wrap up the blog for the night. I’ll be back in a few hours to launch a new Politics live blog, bringing you all of Thursday’s Brexit and other political news. A reminder of what’s on th...
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Brexit: MPs told to pass deal by next Wednesday or face long article 50 extension - Politics live

MPs vote by 321 to 278 to rule out no deal despite government whipping Tory MPs against motion, following 312-308 win for Spelman amendmentHow did each MP vote?What were the no-deal amendments? 8.25pm GMT The division lists for tonight’s three votes should be on the Commons website here (although it has been crashing). 8.23pm GMT This is from Alasdair de Costa at the Institute for Government showing how cabinet ministers voted on the main motion.Five attending members of the Cabinet did ...
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Brexit: May suffers fresh defeat as MPs rule out no deal by majority of four – Politics live

MPs vote 312-308 for Spelman amendment after May’s withdrawal-deal defeatThe no-deal amendmentsMay to vote against no dealCivil service left floundering 7.23pm GMT MPs are now voting on the Green amendment (aka the Malthouse compromise one).This is what it says.At end, add “; notes the steps taken by the government, the EU and its member states to minimise any disruption that may occur should the UK leave the EU without an agreed withdrawal agreement and proposes that the government should b...
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Brexit: MPs debate ruling out no-deal exit from EU – Politics live

MPs will hold fresh vote on nation’s future after Theresa May’s withdrawal proposal was defeated on TuesdayWhat are the amendments to the motion to prevent no-deal Brexit?How did each MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?Civil service stressed and floundering amid Brexit paralysis 3.24pm GMT Gove says farmers would face “very, very challenging circumstances” in the event of a no-deal Brexit.He says many businesses have made the preparations they would need to be able to carry on trading with the EU ...
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Brexit: Hammond hints PM should back softer exit, saying MPs should 'map out consensus' – Politics live

MPs to have fresh vote on nation’s future after Theresa May’s withdrawal proposal was defeated on TuesdayPhilip Hammond’s spring statement: follow live on our business blogHow did each MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?Civil service stressed and floundering amid Brexit paralysis 2.17pm GMT This is from Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s lead Brexit spokesman, commenting on an Instagram post from Donald Tusk, the European council president.Sometimes it takes a child to put everything in pe...
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Brexit: May makes new free vote concession ahead of no-deal debate – Politics live

Fresh vote on nation’s future comes after Theresa May’s withdrawal proposal was defeated in the Commons on TuesdayPhilip Hammond’s spring statement: follow live on our business blogHow did each MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?Civil service stressed and floundering amid Brexit paralysis 1.06pm GMT Hammond has also managed a Brexit joke. Announcing money for a new super-computer at Edinburgh University, five times faster than existing one, he says with the right algorithms, it might even be able ...
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PMQs: May faces Corbyn after new free vote concession to Brexiters ahead of no-deal debate – Politics live

Fresh vote on nation’s future comes after Theresa May’s withdrawal proposal was defeated in the Commons on TuesdayFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did each MP vote on May’s Brexit deal? 12.12pm GMT Corbyn says Owen Paterson said during the referendum “Only a madman would leave the single market.” With May’s deal decisively rejected, what is May now for. Labour’s plan is the only credible show in town.May says Corbyn says he opposes no deal, but he votes to bring it cl...
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EU needs to hear UK plan before deciding Brexit delay: Barnier

The European Union must hear from Britain how it plans to proceed with Brexit before deciding whether to delay the divorce, negotiator Michel Barnier said Wednesday. On Tuesday, British MPs rejected the Brexit withdrawal plan that Prime Minister Theresa May had agreed with EU negotiators -- with just 16 days to go before Britain is due to leave the bloc. The lawmakers are to vote again on Wednesday to indicate how they plan to proceed, but Barnier was clear that Brussels will not renegotiate t...
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EU Brexit negotiator: UK must finally get its act together

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator says Britain must finally get its act together as a chaotic no-deal departure from the bloc is little more than two weeks away. Michel Barnier said Wednesday it was time for Westminster to change tack, after the U.K. parliament handed Prime Minister Theresa May another […]
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Chance of no-deal Brexit has 'significantly increased', says EU – as it happened

Statement from Donald Tusk’s spokesman comes after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second heavy defeatFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?What happens next? 12.24am GMT We’re going to close down this live blog now, so here’s a summary of the day’s events: Related: MPs ignore May’s pleas and defeat her Brexit deal by 149 votes 12.01am GMT The UK is moving closer to crashing out of the European Union without a deal, the German...
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Chance of no-deal Brexit has 'significantly increased', says EU – Politics live

Statement from Donald Tusk’s spokesman comes after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second heavy defeatFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?What happens next? 10.20pm GMT An interesting line – unconfirmed, of course – from ITV News’ Robert Peston:I am hearing that @theresa_may and most - but not all - cabinet will vote to cancel no deal on 29 March. Interestingly ministers think former Remainer @Jeremy_Hunt will vote in other directi...
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Brexit: May defeated by 391 votes to 242 as MPs reject revised deal – Politics live

Speaking after defeat, May says there will be free vote on Wednesday on no-deal BrexitFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?Guide to this week’s crucial votes 8.05pm GMT Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, is still taking questions. MPs have been repeatedly trying to get her to say what length article 50 extension the government will propose, if the debate goes ahead on Thursday, but she has refused to say. 8.04pm GMT This i...
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Brexit: May faces fresh defeat as MPs vote on revised deal – Politics live

PM puts new plan to Commons after Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’ERG lawyers reject backstop concessions May deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votesAfternoon summary 7.14pm GMT This is from the Labour MP Paul Sweeney.Massive majority from across the House of Commons voting down the Prime Minister's deal yet again. pic.twitter.com/FuWvNX7QjJ 7.11pm GMT From the Telegraph’s Christopher HopeDUP MPs have now voted in the No lobby. One MP w...
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UK won't accept Brexit deal that puts union at risk: PM's party chairman

Britain cannot accept an EU proposal to break the deadlock in the Brexit talks because it would threaten the unity of the United Kingdom by treating Northern Ireland differently, the chairman of the ruling Conservative Party said. The issue of how to maintain an open border on the island of Ireland is at the heart of the dispute between London and Brussels after British lawmakers objected to the so-called backstop insurance policy which they believe would keep the whole of the UK trapped in an ...
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'A slap in the face': Barnier sets May on course for Brexit defeat

Prime minister rebuffed as she pleads for last-ditch EU concessions before MPs voteTheresa May appears set for a second humiliating defeat when she brings her Brexit deal back to parliament next week, after the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, rebuffed her pleas for last-minute concessions.The prime minister urged MPs to “get it done” and back her deal, in an impassioned speech at a dockside warehouse in the pro-leave town of Grimsby. Continue reading...
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EU makes counter-offer as Brexit pressure rises

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Friday proposed that Britain could leave the bloc's customs union after the divorce though the offer would not include Northern Ireland which will anger London. The last minute-bid by Barnier comes just days before British Parliament is due to vote on a withdrawal deal agreed between the two sides, in which the fate of the Irish border is seen as a key issue. Both the EU and Great Britain want to prevent a "hard border" that would bring contro...
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EU's Barnier makes last ditch Brexit offer, Britain 'not impressed'

The European Union can give Britain the unilateral right to leave their customs union after Brexit, chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday in a bid to push their divorce deal over the line in the divided British parliament.
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Backstop may threaten Northern Irish human rights, says Cox

Attorney general’s claims met with incredulity as talks to break Brexit deadlock stallFollow the day’s political events – latest updatesGeoffrey Cox is facing a backlash in Brussels and Dublin after claiming the Irish backstop posed a risk to the human rights of people in Northern Ireland.In the latest round of negotiations in Brussels, the attorney general told Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, the arrangement could potentially breach the European convention on human rights (EHCR). Con...
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Brexit meaningful vote will go ahead, says No 10, despite talks stalling

PM’s spokesman says UK still looking for backstop changes after ‘robust’ discussionsDowning Street has insisted the meaningful vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal will go ahead as promised on Tuesday, despite negotiations in Brussels stumbling.The prime minister’s spokesman repeated the line on Wednesday that the government is determined to secure “legally binding changes” to the Irish backstop, despite the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, returning empty-handed from the talks. Continue reading...
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EU says 'no solution' for now to break Brexit deadlock

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Wednesday "no solution" has been found so far to break the deadlock over Brexit.
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Brexit talks in stalemate as UK and EU negotiators clash

Attorney general says ‘strong views’ were expressed in talks but refuses to go into detailsFollow the day’s political developments - live updatesThe Brexit negotiations have stumbled in Brussels after late-night talks with EU officials that the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, described as “robust”.Shortly before leaving Brussels, Cox conceded that “strong views” had been expressed during three hours of discussion on Tuesday night. Continue reading...
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UK minister says Brexit talks yield ‘positive’ signals

BRUSSELS (AP) — A senior British government minister insists that Brexit talks with the European Union are making progress, as negotiators meet in Brussels seeking a way to break the logjam. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says “the signals we are getting are relatively positive.” EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is meeting U.K. Brexit Secretary Stephen […]
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EU ready to give UK more guarantees on Brexit: Barnier

The European Union is prepared to give Britain further Brexit guarantees to help a divorce deal through the British parliament, the bloc's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said in an interview published Saturday. "We can find guarantees to confirm, clarify, guarantee the goodwill and good faith of the Europeans with commitments which would have real legal force," Barnier said in comments published in several European newspapers including Die Welt in Germany and Les Echos in France. Barnier also...
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EU ready to give Britain more guarantees 'backstop' is temporary: Barnier

The European Union is ready to give Britain more guarantees that the Irish "backstop" is only intended to be temporary, the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator said on Friday. "We know that there are misgivings in Britain that the backstop could keep Britain forever connected to the EU," Michel Barnier said in an interview with Germany's Die Welt newspaper to be published on Saturday.
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Barnier 'working on legal add-on' to Brexit deal to help May

EU negotiator frustrated at UK demands over Irish backstop but looking at adjunct to dealMichel Barnier has told EU ambassadors that he is having to repeatedly rebut British demands for a time limit on the Irish backstop but that he is working on a legal add-on to the Brexit deal to help the prime minister.During a meeting on Friday in Brussels, the EU’s chief negotiator expressed frustration with the British demands after the latest round of talks. “The UK side keeps on insisting on the same tw...
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Michel Barnier complains of lack of progress in Brexit talks

Chief negotiator briefs ambassadors with EU and UK at loggerheads over backstopMichel Barnier has warned EU ambassadors about the flailing state of the Brexit negotiations after British negotiators insisted on a time limit or exit mechanism to the Irish backstop in recent talks despite repeated rebuttals.During a meeting on Friday, the EU’s chief negotiator complained there had been “no progress” in recent negotiations despite the prime minister’s intention to put a revised deal to the Commons i...
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Merkel asks May if she intends to request article 50 extension

German chancellor’s question comes after reports that No 10 has made plans to delay BrexitFollow the day’s political developments - latest updatesAngela Merkel has asked Theresa May if she intends to request an extension to article 50 after reports that No 10 has drawn up contingency plans to delay leaving the EU.A government official confirmed that Merkel “fleetingly” raised the matter at a 45-minute breakfast meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh on Monday morning, in a reflection of growing concern from...
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