United Kingdom can not keep coming back to European Union with demands, says Leo Varadkar

Theresa May and Jean Claude Juncker

Some Labour MPs have complained that Mrs May has failed to engage with them to get a deal through parliament.

Few people now believe the agreement, forged over 17 months of tough negotiations with Brussels, will pass in a vote of MPs planned for January. Most Conservative lawmakers who don't have government positions voted against her during this past week's no-confidence vote.

'But my discussions with colleagues today have shown that further clarification and discussion following the council's conclusions is in fact possible.

Britain's exit from the European Union was heading for an impasse, one senior minister said yesterday, after a week in which Prime Minister Theresa May failed to win EU assurances on her deal and pulled a vote because United Kingdom lawmakers would defeat it.

'There is work still to do and we will be holding talks in coming days about how to obtain the further assurances that the UK Parliament needs in order to be able to approve the deal'.

Even though they are from rival political tribes, some opposition MPs may feel that backing the PM's deal is a pragmatic way forward to reduce the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit, a second referendum or no Brexit at all. That is what we have put on the table.

May pulled a vote on her deal on Monday after acknowledging it would be heavily defeated over concerns about the "backstop", an insurance policy created to avoid any hard land border for Ireland but which critics say could bind Britain to European Union rules indefinitely.

Irish premier Leo Varadkar has said the European Union (EU) is as one on the need for a border backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement.

But Mr Juncker criticised Mrs May's lack of clarity over what she was seeking from the future relationship.

After testy behind-the-scenes exchanges in Brussels, and a textual hardening overnight of a communique from the national leaders of the EU's 27 other member states, the embattled May continued to put a fearless face on the rejection in a brief press conference Friday.

Responding to the remarks, Mr Hunt said: "Amber is absolutely right that we need all MPs to think about the national interest".

Mr Juncker admitted the pair exchanged firm words saying, "We were not dancing", but moved to hose down the supposed conflict, inferring he and Mrs May had kissed and made up.

Mrs May managed a smile at her press conference when a reporter asked if she had had a "trying week", jokingly replying: "Has something happened this week?"

She added: "I never said it was going to be easy".

But many Conservatives accuse Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of opposing the Brexit deal for political rather than substantial reasons, hoping the chaos in government will bring a snap election.

European Union leaders have rebuffed May's request to sweeten the divorce agreement and help her win over a hostile U.K. Parliament, and Juncker complained to reporters Thursday about a political climate which was sometimes "nebulous, imprecise".

Mr Johnson, who resigned as transport minister in protest at Mrs May's European Union withdrawal agenda, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The time has come for us to hold this vote".



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