Brexit deal possible in 24-48 hours, May's deputy says

Brexit deal possible in 24-48 hours, May's deputy says

"We have to argue. for all views to be heard, and for amendments to be heard before you have the conclusive vote and one of these amendments must be the opportunity to renegotiate the deal the government has done if people find that unsatisfactory", said Brown, who was prime minister between 2007 and 2009.

"We have got a short term temporary fix if we have a deal, because the Cabinet and the government can not agree what their long-term destination is", said Brown.

The cabinet - Britain's governing ministers - is meeting to discuss Brexit during their weekly talk on Tuesday.

The Irish border remains the main sticking point, with the warring factions within her party and the wider House of Commons continuing to threaten mutiny over the proposals.

Government sources have described talks in Brussels overnight as "very positive", with "optimism from both sides", BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said.

Plans for a backstop, which would keep the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU if the Irish border issue is not resolved, would be worse than remaining in the EU, Mr Johnson added.

The proposal, which has still to be agreed by the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, would mean British visitors could come into France and/or other Schengen zone countries for stays of up to 90 days over any 180-day period.

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab is preparing to lead a group of Cabinet ministers arguing that a no-deal exit would be preferable to a deal that breaches their red lines. Unease over the backstop centres on how it will work.

Pressure is building on UK Prime Minister Theresa May to ditch her Brexit plan or face a catastrophic defeat in Parliament.

European Union officials have repeatedly insisted that they will not give in to demands over the Irish backstop - an insurance measure created to avoid a hard border in Ireland - which they see as integral to any divorce deal.

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In Brussels, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told ministers from the other 27 European Union member states that he was waiting for a signal that May has mustered enough votes to get a deal approved by parliament.

Pro-Brexit Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom added to Tory tensions by insisting the United Kingdom could not be "trapped" in a backstop agreement without the ability to leave at a time of its choosing.

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Former Brexit secretary David Davis, who departed the cabinet over May's plan, wrote in Britain's nominally conservative Daily Telegraph that the PM is pursuing an "unsustainable zombie plan" and will fail to deliver a Brexit as voted upon in the 2016 referendum.

"The negotiations for our departure are now in the endgame", May said in a speech on foreign policy Monday at the Guildhall in London.

May told an audience at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London that "we are working extremely hard, through the night, to make progress on the remaining issues in the Withdrawal Agreement, which are significant".

"There is no reason. why you can not go back to Brussels and say "this is not the deal we want", he said.

Investors have struggled to make money trading the pound in 2018, and many funds have sat on the sidelines - cutting their holdings and shying away from betting on the ins and outs of negotiations that conclude with a binary, hard-to-predict outcome.

"I want them to know that I will not compromise on what people voted for in the referendum", she said. "This will not be an agreement at any cost", she added.

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