Brexit blow for Theresa May as European Union leaders say there will be no renegotiation

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British prime minister, Theresa May, on Wednesday, December 12, survived the vote of confidence of the United Kingdom lawmakers in a fierce parliament debate that nearly put a sudden stop to her leadership of the Conservative Party.

May, 62, won the backing of 200 Conservative Party members of parliament versus 117 against, in a secret ballot that deepened divisions just weeks before parliament needs to approve a deal to prevent a disorderly exit from the European Union.

Mrs May has consistently said she would not support a second referendum, but the Labour leaderships endorsement for such an option could prove a game changer, given that it would be supported by the SNP and Lib Dems as well as ten Conservative MPs publicly coming out in support.

She pledged to seek "legal and political assurances" on the Brexit backstop to allay MPs' concerns about her Withdrawal Agreement when she attends a European Council summit in Brussels on Thursday.

"I feel very sympathetic to the stress and strain of the job, to the difficulty she's found herself in", Mr Blair said.

The EU repeatedly stated that they will not reconsider the deal and will be unwilling to change any aspects of it, including the highly contentious Irish backstop arrangement.

But she added: "The EU is clear, as I am, that if we are going to leave with a deal, this is it".

"We can add clarifications but no real changes".

Sky News understands she suggested one plan - not to agree an end date of the backstop, but a start date of the hoped-for future relationship.

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He said: "Our UK friends need to say what they want, instead of asking us to say what we want. because this debate is sometimes nebulous and imprecise".

The EU hardball approach appears to leave Mrs May with limited room for manoeuvre during the countdown to the UK's departure on March 29.

What they are comfortable with is letting a Prime Minister who they know the public don't like rule the country for a vitally important six years - from 2016 to 2022.

Earlier this week, May pulled a parliamentary vote on her deal, created to maintain close future ties with the bloc, after admitting it would be heavily defeated in the House of Commons. Mrs May has had to acknowledge that she will not lead the party into "the next election".

Mrs May said that, despite reports that the EU was unwilling to consider further clarification, she had talked to European Council President Donald Tusk, Mr Juncker and others, which "have shown that further clarification and discussion following the council's conclusions is in fact possible".

"Negotiations like this are always tough".

His position is in contrast with Labour councillors in neighbouring Camden who last month agreed a motion calling for a new referendum, with remaining in Europe to be on the ballot paper and without a general election clause. "There are always hard times and as you get closer to the very end, that can get even more hard because you are sorting out the last details of something".

He described the talks as "a welcome first step that was the removal of uncertainty" over the EU's intentions, because it has shown it wants a "speedy United Kingdom trade deal" that would remove the need for the backstop in the first place.

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