Britain braces for decisive week of Brexit votes

Brexit Talks 'Deadlocked' Despite Appeal to EU for Last-Minute Concession

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also spoke to EU Commission president Jean Claude Juncker about the efforts in Strasbourg to find an agreement.

Ms May's initial deal was struck after 18 months of tough negotiations, and covers Britain's financial settlement, expatriate rights, the Irish border and plans for a transition period.

British parliament will vote on May's deal again and if the deal passes this time around, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on March 29 with that deal.

Many MPs fear it is a "trap" to keep them tied to European Union rules, but Brussels has rejected calls for a time limit or unilateral exit clause.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told reporters in Dublin that May would travel to Strasbourg - where the European Parliament is holding its plenary session this week - "to finalize an agreement, if that's possible".

Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) that props up May's minority government, and Steve Baker, a leading figure in the large euroskeptic faction of her Conservative Party, said she was heading for defeat.

If the deal is rejected, the most likely next step is that members of Parliament start maneuvering to force the government into a softer Brexit policy that could win cross-party support.

"The Prime Minister's negotiations have failed".

After that expected defeat, the Commons will vote on Wednesday over whether to keep a no deal Brexit on the table. If that option is voted down as well, the legislature will consider extending the Brexit deadline, now set for 29 March.

All EU member states have to agree to an extension, and some EU leaders have expressed concern that it needs to have a specific goal.

Brexit Talks 'Deadlocked' Despite Appeal to EU for Last-Minute Concession
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"The choice is this deal or Brexit might not happen at all", he said.

The EU is unwilling to reopen the 585-page Brexit agreement, though it has offered what it says are legally binding promises that the backstop will not be permanent.

"There is a growing feeling that Tuesday should be a straight up-down vote on the deal", Keir Starmer, Labour's Brexit spokesman, told Sky News.

The deal was heavily rejected in January and May has yet to agree with Brussels any of the changes that parliament has asked for.

Talks in Brussels have been deadlocked and over the weekend, it became clear that May was unable to convince European Union leaders to agree to changes she was seeking to the withdrawal agreement, particularly on the so-called "backstop", the protocol to ensure an open border is maintained in the island of Ireland.

May has already survived a leadership challenge from within the Conservative Party, which means there can not be another one before December.

Labour MPs pressing for a "common market 2.0" kind of Brexit said they were conducting intensive shuttle diplomacy between Jeremy Corbyn's team and Conservative MPs who might be ready to back the idea.

Britain's main opposition Labour Party also came out against the agreement.

Delaying the meaningful vote would be another humiliation for the prime minister after senior ministers spent the weekend insisting it would go ahead as planned.

With the United Kingdom about to leave the bloc on March 29, possibly without an exit deal, that poses a problem for certain large airlines with a major British presence, in particular Ryanair and EasyJet.

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