Brexit agreement fails again, United Kingdom publishes 'no-deal' guidance

May said she has secured

May said she has secured"legally binding guarantees from the EU designed to get the Brexit deal

Britain has been plunged into crisis as a result of the second rejection of Mrs May's deal, which MPs voted against 391 votes to 242, The Times says.

"We regret the outcome of tonight's vote", the spokesman said.

THE British government says it has secured "legally binding changes" from the European Union to overcome a key stumbling block on the Brexit deal.

On the eve of Tuesday's vote, May flew to the French city of Strasbourg, where EU legislators were meeting, for nighttime talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Two months ago, the House of Commons rejected the withdrawal agreement by a huge majority, and sent May back to renegotiate.

Mr Walker confirmed the meaningful vote will take place on Tuesday and said it was "incumbent" on MPs to take the opportunity to "deliver on the will of the British people and to provide certainty" by backing Mrs May's deal.

"The PM and the negotiating teams are focused on making progress so we can secure Parliament's support for the deal", a Downing Street spokesperson said on Monday.

The joint interpretative instrument stating that the European Union could not deliberately seek to keep the United Kingdom in the backstop by failing to negotiate a new trade deal in good faith.

"If the votes go this week in a way which means that the prime minister's policy as she has set out and stuck to rigidly over the course of the last two-and-a-bit a years is taken away, dismantled slowly by Parliament this week, I think it would be very hard for the prime minister to stay in office for very much longer", Morgan told the BBC.

It would also raise the possibility of postponing Brexit, after May promised to allow MPs a vote later this week on whether to accept a "no deal" scenario or request a short delay from the EU.

Another defeat in parliament could see Britain sever ties with its closest trading partner on March 29 with no new arrangements, causing huge disruption on both sides of the Channel.




The main disagreement over the border issue has been over an EU-suggested backstop - keeping Northern Ireland in the EU single market and the Customs Union after Brexit until a solution is found - because it would create a sort of a border within the U.K.in the Irish Sea.

"The choice is clear: it is this deal, or Brexit may not happen at all".

"But let me be clear", May said after the vote tally was read to Members of Parliament in the Commons Chamber.

All eyes are now on the UK's Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, who will give his legal advice on the backstop.

Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which props up May's minority government, and Steve Baker, a leading figure in the large euroskeptic faction of her Conservative Party, said she was heading for defeat.

The prime minister's official spokesman insisted that...

"With only 17 days left to 29th March, today's vote has significantly increased the likelihood of a "no-deal" Brexit".

"We're very clear that the Withdrawal Agreement can't change but we want to try to be helpful in terms of providing the clarity and reassurance that's needed in Westminster that the backstop is meant to be temporary", Ireland's Coveney said.

"The EU will want to know what use we mean to make of such an extension", she said.

Theresa May's Brexit deal was once again defeated by MPs on Tuesday night, throwing yet more uncertainty onto the future of the UK's departure from the EU.

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