Brexit legal advice warns United Kingdom could be trapped in endless negotiations

Divided Pro Brexit protesters hold up banners in front of the EU flag of Remainers outside parliament yesterday

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Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, confirmed the DUP meant to vote against May's plan next week, but it would continue to support her government. And it would require continued financial contributions to the European Union without an influence inside the bloc.

Mr Crawford added: "With the Scottish Parliament now overwhelmingly against the false choice of Theresa May's deal or no deal, it is time for the United Kingdom government to listen".

He placed a 10 per cent probability on a no-deal Brexit, down from 20 per cent, and a 50 per cent probability on an orderly Brexit, down from 60 per cent.

Changes could though be made to the political declaration on the future relationship if it helped get the deal through at a second attempt, one of the diplomats said.

May said she understood their concerns and fuelled speculation she was still seeking a compromise to avoid a heavy defeat in the Brexit vote next week.

"A no-deal scenario would blow these figures out of the water", the CBI's director-general, Carolyn Fairbairn, said, reiterating her organisation's support for Mrs May's plan.

While Mrs May's Conservatives and the main opposition Labour party both say they respect the 2016 vote to leave, a growing number of backbench lawmakers say the only solution may be a new referendum giving voters an option to stay in the EU.

"Which, I am going to be controversial and say again because I have said it before on your programme, is what I think most people voted for". "I don't think that's right". There's no other properly formed plan ready to take off the shelf and deal with.

And Mr Dodds dismissed the "parliamentary lock", pointing out that "it doesn't have any effect" on the Withdrawal Agreement thrashed out with Brussels which contains the contentious measure.

"But there isn't anything, I don't believe, that is better".

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All three votes were connected to the Brexit issue, which is coming to a head in Great Britain as the March 31, 2019 exit date looms.

BuzzFeed News has reported that the PM's chief of staff Gavin Barwell and her communications chief Robbie Gibb have been discussing the idea of a second referendum in recent days as a possible last resort for resolving the current parliamentary deadlock. "Do we extend. the implementation period?"

In addition, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed her SNP MPs will be voting against the deal.

'Police would have fewer options for pursuing criminals across borders, and it would take longer to track, arrest and bring to justice those who commit crimes internationally, ' he said.

Ms Rudd admitted, however, that she was not certain it could "be done".

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbot said: "On the question of security, assertions, aspirations, a wish list is not enough, we need a treaty".

Rudd had told the Times that although she backed May's deal, she believed the best plan B would be to switch to a so-called Norway-plus model. It must be ratified by the members before it can proceed to a European Parliament vote before receiving EU Council approval.

She said that "seems plausible not just in terms of the country but in terms of where the MPs are", but added: "Nobody knows if it can be done".

May could also use this as a way to convince certain pro-EU Labour MPs to back the deal, he added.

Against this fragile and ever-changing background, GBPUSD continues to trade just above 1.2700, around half-a-cent above its recent multi-month low print around 1.2660. Treasury chief Philip Hammond told lawmakers Thursday that it was "simply a delusion" to think that a better Brexit deal can be renegotiated and that a no-deal Brexit would be "too very bad to contemplate".

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