UK's May says she is 'armed with fresh' Brexit mandate

EU leaders do not expect Mr Varadkar to reverse his position which is popular with the Irish public

EU leaders do not expect Mr Varadkar to reverse his position which is popular with the Irish public

She said: "It's why 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 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".

Late last month, the MPs voted in favour of an amendment that was tabled by Sir Graham Brady to look for "alternative arrangements" to the Irish backstop after the MPs turned down the Brexit deal of the Prime Minister by historic margins last January. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access! "It is in all our interests to get to that agreement and for the European Union to say we are not going to even discuss it seems to me to be quite irresponsible".

But prominent eurosceptic Conservative Steve Baker said many pro-Brexit lawmakers had broader concerns about her deal.

Simon Coveney said the rejection of the deal which forces the PM back to Brussels to try to reopen negotiations and replace the backstop had "caused disappointment and dismay in Dublin and across Europe".

The EU insists that the deal "remains the best and only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal", but with the clock running down until the March 29 exit date the risks of a no-deal Brexit for both Britain and the bloc are coming into sharp focus.

Nissan has cancelled plans to make its X-Trail SUV in the United Kingdom — a sharp blow to Brexit supporters, who had fought to have the model built in northern England.

Nissan had previously announced plans to build the model at its plant in Sunderland after the British government sent a letter of undisclosed reassurances in 2016 after the Brexit vote about the company's ability to compete in the future.

Continuing her "battling" mood, May concluded: "I'm determined to deliver Brexit, and determined to deliver on time - on March 29, 2019".

The Prime Minister is due to report back to Parliament on her negotiations with the European Union on February 13, with a further series of votes by MPs expected the following day.

Warnings of the consequences of a no-deal Brexit intensified last week as several multinational firms, including Airbus and Ford, said jobs could suffer with an unfavourable negotiating outcome.

The auto giant announced in 2016 that it planned to build its X-Trail model in Sunderland, but will now assemble it instead at Nissan's global production hub in Kyushu, Japan.

According to reports from the Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday, Downing Street advisors have drawn up plans to trigger a general election on 6 June. Still, there is, but according to European Union figures, no date for a Meeting with May.

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