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31 January, 2019, 01:23
Lewis said May told a meeting of her Conservative MPs on Monday that they should vote in favour of an amendment, proposed by senior Conservative MP Graham Brady, which calls for the backstop to be replaced with "alternative arrangements".
May has urged them to support one measure that calls for the current backstop to be replaced with "alternative arrangements" - but the amendment, crafted by members of May's own Conservative Party, is unlikely to pass as pro-Brexit lawmakers believe it would fail to force significant changes to the measure.
The EU have so far ruled out reopening the Withdrawal Agreement, which May said would be needed in order to provide legal changes to the so-called backstop, an insurance policy to prevent the return of a hard border in Ireland.
Another amendment, rejecting a no-deal Brexit, also won the support of Parliament yesterday.
Today's vote The letter comes at another crucial moment in the Brexit process as UK MPs gather in the House of Commons later today to vote on a series of amendments put forward in a bid to get the seal of approval on the Withdrawal Agreement to leave the European Union in an orderly manner next month.
With the Brexit deadline only 60 days away, MPs will vote on May's "Plan B", which she presented to parliament last week after her initial deal was comprehensively rejected on January 15.
One of the most important amendments comes from Labour's Yvette Cooper, which requires May to delay Brexit and extend Article 50 if she's unable get parliamentary support for her deal by February 26.
"There can be no change to the backstop".
As MPs prepared for a crucial series of Commons votes which could shape the next phase of talks with the EU, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox indicated Mrs May was ready to reopen the Agreement in order to secure a legally-binding text. "I think we should send the prime minister back to Brussels with a strong mandate to be able to say "If you compromise with us on this one issue, on the backstop, we would be able to a get an agreement" - an agreement that is nearly there", he told the BBC.
The backstop is part of the Withdrawal Agreement, and the Withdrawal Agreement is not open for re-negotiation.
We'll find out soon what amendments British MPs will vote on tonight in the House of Commons.
The dispute between Madrid and London has already threatened to derail the whole Brexit negotiation process, but a last-minute deal with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez cleared the way in November for the 27 European Union states to approve the divorce package.
"This is not a Brussels day, this is a London day", said European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas.
"She said a vote of the Brady amendment makes it clear that the current nature of the backstop is the key reason that the House can not support the deal".
The British PM has opened a day of debates on competing proposals about what to do next following the rejection of her deal earlier this month.
And Ireland's European Affairs Minister, Helen McEntee, cautioned: "There can be no change to the backstop".
Leave supporting MPs have accused the speaker, who publicly declared that he voted for Remain, of using his position, which is traditionally impartial, to try to scupper Brexit, and will be keeping a close eye on his actions on Tuesday.
Moreover, Cooper's amendment would not identify a consensus among MPs to halt a no-deal Brexit.
With more than a dozen amendments tabled, many by cross-party groupings of MPs, the outcome will depend on which ones are selected for voting by John Bercow.
Spurs have not won silverware for more than a decade and have crashed out of both domestic cup competitions in the past few days. Real Madrid have reportedly acknowledged that it will not be easy to make Mauricio Pochettino their next full-time manager.
Three of the arrested worked for Vale, the company said, adding that it was co-operating with investigating authorities. Brazilian prosecutors have also said they would bring criminal charges against those responsible for the disaster.
Lagerald Vick tallied 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting, and Devon Dotson added 11 points and led the team in assists with 8. It comes in with a nice 16-3 overall record, sure, but it hasn't been particularly dominant at any point in the season.
Jean-Pierre Thomas... received an imperative request of the Office of Foreign Assets Control [OFAC] of the U.S. Rusal is among the largest companies the United States has ever put on its sanctions designation list.
And so if it doesn't go well in the first couple of days, you gotta have a way to get it back open, ' Christie said. And I still agree with what his policies are, more than I agree with Hillary Clinton's'.
The FBI has taken over the investigation in the wake of news that Smollett has received a threatening letter prior to the attack. According to police, the offenders fled the scene, and the victim was self-transported to Northwestern Hospital.
He said more than 850 people were detained between January 21 and January 26, including 77 children, some as young as 12. Mr Guaido said he did not underestimate the threat of imprisonment but did not believe it was "anything new".
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The slowdown is adding to Caterpillar's problems, and its fourth-quarter profit fell short of Wall Street expectations. This, in turn, has led to Caterpillar's shares to slump by more than 9% soon after the market opened today.
Neymar out for 10 weeks, misses Man United clash
He underwent an operation, performed by Lasmar, and returned just in time for the World Cup in Russian Federation last June. This means he will not feature for PSG in their Champions League round of 16 tie against Manchester United .
Dominant Djokovic wins magnificent seventh Australian Open
Halep said the year-end ranking is what is "more important" than where things stand now, "so I will not stress myself about this". The longest was a 22-shot point, which ended when Nadal netted a backhand to give Djokovic a set point at the end of the first.
Theresa May seeks changes to Brexit deal
The EU's rejection of any notion that Mrs May could come back to Brussels to renegotiate the backstop was swift. Westminster voted 317 to 301 in favour of "alternative arrangements" to the Irish border backstop .
Yellow warning of snow and ice continues
However a revised forecast has a yellow weather alert in place from 3pm on Thursday afternoon until midday on Friday. Further snow showers are expected on Tuesday evening and overnight into Wednesday morning .