Brexit: 'Legally binding' changes to European Union deal agreed

Brexit: 'Legally binding' changes to European Union deal agreed

In the discussions with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, two documents were agreed by all parties, which Mr Lidington said would "strengthen and improve" both the withdrawal agreement from the EU and the political declaration on the future relationship.

Asked if the PM had considered resigning if her deal was defeated on Tuesday, her spokesman said he had not discussed the matter with Mrs May, but added: "I have seen nothing at all to suggest that".

So although what has been agreed, and will be announced by Theresa May and Jean Claude-Junker in a couple of hours, will be "legally meaningful", it surely can not mean the prime minister would secure ratification of her deal by MPs tomorrow.

She read a Bible lesson on the importance of solidarity, stating: "The body is not one member, but many ..."

And he said the "joint instrument" reflects the commitment to "replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by December 2020".

"The EU can not try to trap the United Kingdom in the backstop indefinitely, and that doing so would be an explicit breach of the legally binding commitments that both sides have agreed", Lidington said.

The pound fell 0.3% against the euro to 1.1528 before quickly jumping back into positive territory after the Downing Street reassurance.

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Mrs May travelled to Strasbourg tonight with Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay for last-minute talks.

Scottish National Party leader Ian Blackford said Sunday that his party will put forward an amendment giving it the authority to hold another independence referendum if Britain does leave the EU.

Thus far, the terms are unchanged from the withdrawal plan that received a shellacking in Parliament in January, losing by some 230 votes, a record rejection of a sitting government.

Sterling wobbled but recovered on Monday as reports emerged from Westminster that Theresa May was poised to pull the "meaningful vote" on her Brexit deal.

Many British lawmakers object to the backstop on the grounds that it could leave Britain subject to European Union rules indefinitely or cleave Northern Ireland away from the rest of the United Kingdom.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose urgent question on Brexit brought Mr Walker to the Commons, earlier said: "This is a government in chaos with a country in chaos because of this mess".

Brexit will pitch the world's fifth largest economy into the unknown and many fear it will serve to divide the West as it grapples with both the unconventional presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China.

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