British PM May promises 1.6 billion pound fund for Brexit-backing towns

EUs Tajani says Brexit date can be delayed few weeks at most- report

The Labour Party will enforce a three-line whip to compel their MPs to vote for a second Brexit referendum when Theresa May brings her withdrawal agreement back to parliament.

"Time is very short".

John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw, supports the scheme and told the PM last month to "show us the money" with "transformative investment" in areas that voted to leave. "Our economy has worked well for some places but we want it to work for all communities".

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London, March 5, 2019.

The Bank of England has warned that "significant market volatility" is likely if Britain crashes out of the European Union on March 29 without a deal.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay are to hold fresh talks in Brussels in a renewed effort to secure changes to the backstop in order to allay fears that it could leave the United Kingdom trapped in a customs union with the EU.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday that the bloc was ready to give Britain more guarantees that the backstop was only meant to be temporary and used for a "worst-case scenario".

The UK has not sought the views of other member states about granting an extension to Article 50, EURACTIV understands, but officials are confident that a short-term extension would be quickly agreed by European Union member states.

Graham Stringer, a Labour MP whose constituency benefits from this fund, said the fund amounted to "a fraction of what [the prime minister] is going to give to the European Union for goodness knows what."The Telegraph reported him as saying, "I will [only] shift it because of what is good for my country".

A committee of eight senior euroskeptics will scrutinize the government's revised backstop proposals, which Attorney General Geoffrey Cox is seeking to renegotiate in Brussels.

Theresa May has serious questions to answer over this cynical £1.6bn Brexit bung, which appears to be a cynical last-minute attempt to buy support for her botched deal.

If May secures the demands, she would win the backing of Northern Ireland's DUP and many Brexit-supporting lawmakers in a vote on the deal promised by March 12, the Times said.

Tom Kibasi, director of the prominent IPPR think tank, argued that the initiative, rather than giving Labour MPs "cover' to back the deal, could actually backfire by highlighting that there was little seriousness in Westminster for tackling the issues raised by the Brexit vote".

If they reject the deal, lawmakers will have a vote on whether to leave without a deal, and then on whether to delay Brexit, probably by a few months until the end of June.

One minister said the change would most probably come in an addendum to the agreement - something, the government hopes, will be enough to change minds in parliament, where deep divisions over Brexit have become increasingly entrenched.

To her credit, the Prime Minister said from the outset that lowering these standards were not her ambition; but even if we were to trust this, the cast of hundreds lining up to replace her might not be so honourable.

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