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Maas: Exit from Brexit 'extremely unlikely'

Theresa May has said she is "determined" to deliver Brexit on time, ahead of talks on the Irish backstop.

The European Union has repeatedly said that the backstop is not open for renegotiation.

Under the current Brexit deal, the 310-mile Irish border would become the only land border between the European Union and the UK.

His deputy John McDonnell had earlier accused the Prime Minister of trying to get pro-Brexit Labour rebels to "sell their votes" in a "dangerous" bid to win support for her deal.

In the article, PM May wrote: "When I return to Brussels I will be battling for Britain and Northern Ireland, I will be armed with a fresh mandate, new ideas and a renewed determination to agree on a pragmatic solution that delivers the Brexit the British people voted for, while ensuring there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland".

But Maas rejected British calls for further concessions to be offered to make the deal, negotiated over two years, more palatable to its critics in London.

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In another development, the European Commission has agreed to compensate Irish farmers for a collapse in market value in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Irish edition of the Sunday Times newspaper said, quoting Irish government and EU sources.

The vote by British MPs this week to seek "alternative arrangements" to the backstop has caused "disappointment and dismay" in Ireland and Europe, Mr Coveney said, but he stated there have been no "credible" alternatives put forward as yet. How to handle the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland is one of the Brexit dilemmas.

If such an agreement could not be reached, then to avoid those checks and border posts or other infrastructure, the backstop would come into force. It resulted in fears that it could undermine the Good Friday agreement.

Fox, who has previously spoken out strongly against delaying the exit date, said extending the negotiations without a deal in place would not solve anything, but it was "a very different argument" if Britain just needed more time to get the necessary legislation in place for a smooth exit.

Downing Street said it had established "an Alternative Arrangements Working Group" to mull the backstop issue starting Monday, and added that "there are a number of ideas on this, including a unilateral exit mechanism or a time limit".

"That is what Parliament instructed me to do on Tuesday night", May said asserted. May's withdrawal agreement by 432votes to 202, with almost 120 Conservative MPs voting against their leader.

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