Theresa May spends 24 hours reassuring pro-Brexit ministers that she hasn’t secretly agreed to a Brexit deal. UK and EU negotiators deny weekend reports that a deal is done. Brexiteers are suspicious that May is ready to make big concessions on the thorny subject of the backstop in order to have a deal in place as soon as possible. Senior EU and Irish officials insist they will not back down on the backstop for avoiding a hard Irish border. Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, will make a speech on Monday evening. LONDON – Theresa May has been forced to reassure pro-Brexit ministers that she hasn’t yet reached a Brexit deal with the European Union amid reports that she has secretly made major concessions to Brussels. The prime minister reportedly spent Sunday telephoning members of her Cabinet to rubbish weekend reports that a Brexit Withdrawal Agreement had virtually been agreed by UK and EU negotiators. Senior ministers want to agree on a deal with the EU this month in order to negate the need for expensive no deal planning and allow Parliament enough time to scrutinise and vote on the terms of the agreement. However, the UK government is also… Read full this story
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