EU must increase pressure on Britain over Brexit - EU's Verhofstadt

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Speaker of the House John Bercow was criticised by a number of Conservative Brexiter MPs for not selecting any of the amendments which would categorically rule out a second referendum; although, as he pointed out, any MPs strongly opposed to a second referendum could vote against Amendment H without difficulty. Prior to this Mrs May is expected to return to the Commons next week for another vote on her twice-defeated Brexit deal.

The Prime Minister's plea came as senior Brexiteers began to switch their support to her deal amid suggestions up to 30 Labour MPs could back it, along with the DUP.

The DUP is also demanding a seat at post-Brexit trade talks as its price for supporting her deal, The Sunday Telegraph reported.

Last night, MPs voted on a government amended motion ruling out a no deal Brexit.

If passed, it will order Theresa May to seek to delay Brexit "for the purposes of legislating for and conducting a public vote in which the people of the United Kingdom may give their consent" for either leaving the European Union on the terms of a deal agreed by Parliament or remaining in the bloc.

Mrs May's deal could go back for a third meaningful vote before the House of Commons early next week.

On this point, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said that despite the no-deal scenario being shut down, uncertainties remain as to how much more leeway the European Union is prepared to give Britain. The argument now is really about what that new deal would look like, and with the extension of Article 50, they have a little more breathing space to process it.

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Following meetings with several Cabinet ministers, the DUP's Westminster leader said talks had been "constructive" and would continue through the weekend.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain March 14, 2019.

"No extension should be granted beyond July 1 unless the European Parliament elections are held at the mandatory date", the paper said, as quoted by the Financial Times.

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"There are still issues to be addressed in our discussions".

"I hope that MPs (lawmakers) of all parties will be over this weekend reflecting on the way forward", Lidington told BBC radio, adding the legal default was still that Britain would leave on March 29, unless something else is agreed.

Speaking on a visit to Paris, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said "everyone would welcome" MPs approving the deal and Brexit being briefly pushed back to get the necessary legislation through.

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