Hard border in Ireland if no Brexit deal: European Union spokesman

EU foreign policy chief Mogherini talks to Poland's Foreign Minister Czaputowicz during EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels

And she insisted that it had.

The Prime Minister stated that there are 3 main areas that needs to change in order to gain Parliament's support: the government's "flexible, open and inclusive" approach to engaging Parliament regarding negotiations with the European Union, the implementation of "the strongest possible protections on workers' rights in the environment" and most importantly delivering the assurance of no hard border in Northern Ireland.

British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has moved a step closer to paving the way for another Brexit referendum by trying to use parliament to grab control of the issue from Prime Minister Theresa May.

During a Commons statement, May repeatedly attacked the idea of a second referendum, even suggesting a fresh vote would "damage social cohesion" and spark violent protests.

May said she doesn't believe there's a majority for a referendum in the House of Commons and told supporters they will have to "think again" when it is defeated.

But for the first time, the EU Commission has revealed its plans in the event of a no-deal Brexit, which has become the likely outcome due to the strong opposition to the divorce deal. After all, the agreement that was voted down was not just "May's deal" but also the "European Union's deal" - a point that has been lost on too many British MPs.

"And third, we will work to identify how we can ensure that our commitment to no hard border in Northern Ireland and Ireland can be delivered in a way that commands the support of this House, and the European Union".

Shannon said he believed numerous 118 of May's own Conservative lawmakers who voted against her deal would also be willing to back it if the backstop had a time limit.

The announcement was welcomed by Scottish Tory MP Stephen Kerr, who said European Union citizens "are our neighbours, friends, family, and work colleagues".

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"That's one of the areas that we are going to be looking at".

The main change May will seek to get to the withdrawal agreement centres on the so-called "backstop", which locks the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU if no trade deal can be implement.

"It would obviously be less favourable for Ireland than an indefinite backstop, but much more advantageous than no-deal Brexit".

Last week, Mr Varadkar reinforced his position that Ireland would implement any infrastructure on the border with Northern Ireland. "I made it very clear that putting a time limit on an insurance mechanism, which is what the backstop is, effectively means that it's not a backstop at all. He has already said what he thinks of it, which is nothing", Maas told journalists after talks in Brussels.

Some ministers are reportedly backing the proposals to block a no-deal Brexit, with the i newspaper and the Times saying that dozens could quit unless they are allowed a free vote on the issue.

The Government will consult the Commons on its negotiating mandate and will regularly update the House during talks, she promised.

Meanwhile, a senior member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has warned the PM against testing the EU's patience for political reasons.

But while British politicians will no doubt find new doors to open, whether they can reach a multiparty agreement on which one to walk through remains uncertain. "Large majority wants to exclude hard Brexit - in the interest of the United Kingdom and beyond".

Mr Corbyn wants MPs to be given the chance to back another public vote on Brexit but some of his backbenchers are concerned it could have severe electoral consequences.

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