British Prime Minister Theresa May will give MPs at Westminster a Brexit update today, following her recent talks in Dublin and Brussels. She will tell MPs of her efforts to secure changes to her Brexit deal in a bid to get a plan through another Commons vote in the coming weeks.
Mrs May is expected to say: “The talks are at a crucial stage. We now all need to hold our nerve to get the changes this House has required and deliver Brexit on time.
“By getting the changes we need to the backstop; by protecting and enhancing workers’ rights and environmental protections; and by enhancing the role of Parliament in the next phase of negotiations I believe we can reach a deal that this House can support.”
Her statement takes place in advance of a debate and vote on Thursday on the next steps in the Brexit process.
Last night, the Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay met the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier for dinner in Brussels.
They had what was described as “a constructive meeting” with contacts expected to continue in the coming days.
Mr Barnier yesterday warned that time is short to end the Brexit stalemate and find a way forward before 29 March.
The pair agreed to further meetings in the coming days, while their teams will continue to work to find a way forward.
Later, Mr Barclay and Mrs May’s de facto deputy David Lidington will meet MEPs in Strasbourg, while Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will meet his French counterpart in Paris.
Meanwhile, Sky News reported the former president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, had dinner with Mr Lidington in Brussels last night.
Mr Van Rompuy has been tipped as a potential “influencer” to break the Brexit deadlock, the broadcaster reported. Read more