EU leaders will not renegotiate Britain's Brexit deal, including the Irish border "backstop", their chairman Donald Tusk says after Prime Minister Theresa May put off a parliamentary vote on a package that was facing heavy defeat.

EU officials say European Council president Tusk could meet May as early as Tuesday to prepare talks on Brexit during a regular Brussels summit which May will attend on Thursday and Friday.

Tusk says he had scheduled a meeting of the other 27 leaders on Brexit, to be held at some point during the summit.

"We will not renegotiate the deal, including the backstop," he said on Twitter on Monday.

May had said she would go back to European neighbours to seek new reassurances about the insurance clause that would bind Britain into a customs union with the EU to avoid a hard EU border for troubled Northern Ireland.

May's domestic critics want a time limit on the backstop, but Dublin and its EU allies insist that it must be able to be used until some better way is found to avoid customs checks on the EU-UK land border while letting Britain escape EU rules.

EU officials said it was almost inconceivable that leaders would agree to reopen the withdrawal treaty they agreed with May two weeks ago, which includes the backstop.

They might agree to tweak the accompanying, non-binding political declaration on future relations, though even that was doubtful. Finally, they could issue a new declaration of intent to try and help May.

Tusk said only: "We are ready to discuss how to facilitate UK ratification."

But he also warned that the EU would forge ahead with preparing for there being no deal at all as it faces a Britain that seems incapable of forging a majority opinion on what kind of Brexit it wants - or even if it wants to leave at all.

"As time is running out, we will also discuss our preparedness for a no-deal scenario," Tusk said, referring to the fact that Britain will be out of the bloc on March 29, according to a treaty timetable, with or without a deal.

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Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday warned against parliament's rejection of Britain's EU  agreement known as the "Brexit" and said if parliament rejects her Brexit deal, it could leave Britain in the European Union and bring the opposition Labour Party to power.

The embattled leader's message came with her government fearing a heavy defeat in Tuesday's parliamentary vote on the draft withdrawal agreement she signed with Brussels last month.

Media reports said PM was under pressure from her cabinet to postpone the vote and even go to Brussels to secure further concessions before a planned summit with the 27 EU leaders on Thursday and Friday.

But Berkstoff's secretary, Stephen Barclay, told the BBC: "The voting is going ahead and continues."

PM Theresa May added Britain would "really be in uncharted waters"

if the text agreed after nearly two years of tortuous negotiations is voted down less than four months before the March 29 Brexit date.

"It would mean grave uncertainty for the nation with a very real risk of no Brexit," she told the Mail on Sunday.

She told the newspaper "Mail on Sunday":

 We have an opposition leader who is thinking of nothing but trying to hold a general election ... I think that Jeremy Corbyn  is challenging to hold on to the government and it is a danger we can not afford.


The British prime minister appears to be suffering from fears of failure, Labor's victory and the return of their leader, which means rejecting the idea of ​​a British exit


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Thursday, 29 November 2018 03:12

Brexit: Does Anyone Know What's Going On?

Perthshire, Scotland

Now the dust is settling on the “final” Brexit document, the landscape is really no clearer than it was before.

Apparently the only person in the UK who thinks it’s the best outcome, is Theresa May. This doesn’t bode well for the vote which will take place in the House of Commons in a couple of weeks.

At this moment, Mrs May is touring round the country talking up her final draft. I suppose she’s trying to get her message over personally to the constituencies of her own MPs, and hope they can pressure them to back her plan. I suppose anything is worth a try at this point.

This is the plan which the EU is saying is the best and only one which the UK is going to get. The very fact that the EU is happy with the outcome of the negotiations, tells its own story.

Let’s look at the opposing forces who aren’t happy with the deal.

Corbyn’s Labour hate the EU and are happy to leave, but they can see the possibility of gaining an early general election by opposing the details of May’s plan. This is obviously chance-taking of the highest order. But it will be interesting to see how this strategy plays out.

Personally, I don’t think, despite the fact that Theresa May and the Conservative party are in turmoil, that a Labour Party led by Corbyn could actually win.

The majority of the public aren’t going to be happy voting for someone who is “friends with terrorists”.

The Liberal Democrats will never accept any kind of leaving the EU, so we can ignore them, just like everyone else does. I can’t even remember who is leading them this week.

May’s own party are remarkably united on the subject. That is, united against her plan, as it’s not nearly radical enough, and really isn’t Brexit. These are the hard line leavers, wanting borders closed, and immigration stopped.

The Prime Minister obviously has her loyal supporters but neither of them were around to be interviewed.

My thinking on the Conservative MPs who don’t agree with the final decision, is that it’s possible a lot of the noise they’re making, is for the benefit of their own constituency, and come the time of the vote in Parliament, they will vote, reluctantly, for the Prime Minister’s decision.

There will be some who never back Mrs May, regardless of what she negotiated, but that’s just the reality.

The DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) Northern Ireland, has been propping up the now minority Conservative Party on crucial votes in Parliament since the last general election, but they aren’t happy with May’s EU exit deal either.

I’m not sure if they can be “bribed” to support the government in the coming vote. But stranger things happen in politics.

Finally, I will come to the SNP.

Although they, also a minority administration, along with support of the Scottish Green Party, govern Scotland, they also have a presence in the UK Parliament.

Their MPs do not do very much at Westminster, other than embarrass Scotland with their juvenile antics and general stupidity.

Led by the corpulent and flatulent Ian Blackford, they show zero respect and we would all be better off if they sat outside and waved flags.

Their main objective is and always has been, independence for Scotland. So it’s no surprise to find them at this time, agitating for a say in the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

They claim, erroneously, that Scotland voted to stay in the EU. Unfortunately for them, the EU referendum was a UK wide vote. The decision was made in a democratic way and no amount of jumping up and down and whining is going to change the result.

They obviously know this, but because they can see a glimmer of hope that they will somehow wangle another independence referendum out of the chaos of Brexit.

This is wishful thinking on their part.

There is a campaign to have another vote on the EU referendum, called “the people’s vote”. This is quite ridiculous, as I’m fairly certain that “people” did the voting in the original referendum. Not that this piece of common sense makes any difference to them.

They are part of a generation who believe that democracy means that if the result of a vote goes against their beliefs, they can keep rerunning it until they get the decision they want.

The SNP has leapt onto this particular bandwagon with enthusiasm. They don’t really care about a second vote, but they think if they can align with Corbyn’s Labour, and there’s another general election which Labour might win, they might be allowed to hold another independence referendum.

There’s no end to the duplicity of this extremely shallow political party.

Back to the Labour Party camp, where although they don’t really want to stay in the EU, they will oppose whatever they believe will benefit them in the long term.

This is something the SNP don’t seem to have considered.

What if they vote with Labour on this plan, May loses badly and decides to hold a general election, and loses?

This puts Corbyn in 10 Downing Street and the SNP expect him to grant them the holy grail of the second independence referendum, and he doesn’t?

Where do they go from there?

I expect this will be a hammer blow to Mother Sturgeon and Chubby Blackford.

Their hopes dashed, all they will have left is the rout of the next Scottish election.

Finally, whatever happens in the next two weeks very little will change for the average person.

The poor will still be poor. The rich will probably be richer.

The politicians will be paid regardless of their actions and backstabbing ways.

The Labour Party will still be trying to convince us that we will be better off with communism.

The Liberal Democrats will still be an irrelevance.

The Conservatives will still be trying to convince us that they aren’t really nasty.

And finally, the SNP will still be holding onto every grievance and jumping up and down like spoiled teenagers losing their internet privileges.

Keep smiling because it’s only going to get worse!

London- Castle Journal

British Prime Minister Theresa May commented and described the U.S president Donald Trump concerns about Britain's Brexit agreement that has been approved by all 27 remaining European Union leaders last Sunday, with "the unhelpful".

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In a comment for US president Doland Trump said the British Prime Minister Teresa May's Brexit agreement  with the European Union could threaten a US-British trade deal, US President Donald Trump said on Monday.

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Reported by ; Hue Gey

 In the road of Brexit talks , UK still struggling to reach to  the safest level of talk with the European Union.While British Prime Minister Theresa May described the talks on Monday that it is immensely difficult , she added that  there would not be an agreement at any cost.and there were still considerable unresolved issues with the European Union over Brexit as the two sides approached the "endgame" in negotiations for departure from the bloc."


May Added that The negotiations for our departure are now in the endgame;

"May said in a speech at the Guildhall in London's financial district. "We are working extremely hard, through the night, to make progress on the remaining issues in the Withdrawal Agreement, which are significant."

In the British PM Theresa May speech at the Guildhall in London's financial district, she clarified saying;

"We are working extremely hard, through the night, to make progress on the remaining issues in the Withdrawal Agreement, which are significant." Theresa May added

The prime minister told the audience in her annual speech at the Lord Mayor's banquet that she would not shy away from tough decisions.

"Both sides want to reach an agreement. But what we are negotiating is immensely difficult," May said. "This will not be an agreement at any cost."

May's attempt to unblock the talks by considering an extension to a status-quo transition period beyond the current proposed end date of December 2021 has both angered eurosceptics and EU supporters in her party.

Fears that the proposals would mean keeping Britain inside the EU's customs union indefinitely or that Northern Ireland would have to accept different rules and regulations to the rest of the United Kingdom have focused opposition to May's deal.

Negotiations are continuing this week, but officials are warning unless there is dramatic progress by the end of Wednesday there is unlikely to be a summit this month to approve a Brexit deal.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May said during her speech at the Conservative Governors Conference in Manchester, where she presented her vision for the future of the country after the brexit and the ongoing discussions on ways to withdraw from the EU and its impact on the future of the country.

May said she has a great confidence in the European Union and the possibility of reaching to a final agreement that would satisfy everyone to the withdrawal plan approved by the British people in last year's referendum

The Prime Minister also pointed that the agreement through the ongoing talks, has reached a satisfactory results somewhat despite the difficulties facing the two sides as she said.

" hope that the upcoming talks with the European Union must be borne in mind that they would serve the interests of all parties." PM Thersa May added

from the other side she commented on her word in front the conservative Governors conference that the  British welcome to the European citizens residing, in the hope of reaching an agreement with the European Union as soon as possible regarding their future.
She confirmed her Government's willingness to deal with all possible scenarios that would result from the negotiations.

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