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Exit from Brexit? I'd like it, but it's unlikely: German foreign minister

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Laurie Berry | 04 February, 2019, 11:28

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the prime minister said she would return to Brussels with a "fresh mandate, new ideas and a renewed determination".

Brussels and London find themselves at an impasse over the final agreement to the UK's exit from the European Union, with the most recent deal having failed in the British Parliament, as the deadline of March 29 looms. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

It would be irresponsible for the European Union to refuse to reopen negotiations over Britain's exit deal, British trade minister Liam Fox said in an interview aired today.

UK MPs last week backed a call for May to return to Brussels to secure a new Brexit deal that puts "alternative arrangements" in place of the controversial backstop - a kind of insurance policy created to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

With just 54 days until the UK's departure from the European Union on March 29, Mrs May said she would "deliver Brexit on time".

"The EU will not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement and there will be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop", he wrote, adding that the backstop was required to "ensure the protection of the Good Friday Agreement".

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt conceded on Thursday that "extra time" might be needed to get "critical legislation" related to Brexit through Parliament.

No date has yet been announced when May will be heading to Brussels for talks on the Brexit deal.

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She continued: "That is what parliament instructed me to do on Tuesday night".

Mr Fox this morning said: "Are they really saying that they would rather not negotiate and end up in a no-deal position?" Downing Street denied the Conservatives are planning for a 6 June election, after a report in the Mail on Sunday suggests preparations are under way.

"The last thing this country needs is a general election, I think the people would never forgive us for it, I think what they want is this parliament to deliver Brexit in an orderly way", interior minister Sajid Javid told BBC TV.

In the Sunday Times, the Irish deputy prime minister said the backstop is there for a good reason - to keep the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic open after Brexit.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Simon Coveney said: "The EU will not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement and there will be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop".

"We also caution those who collaborate with the British that they are to desist immediately as no more warnings will be given", the group said.

"There is a deal on the table, and walking away from it will have serious consequences for us all".

May has promised MPs that she will bring any revised deal back to be voted on by MPs on February 13.

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