British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she is seeking changes to the Withdrawal Agreement she agreed with Brussels past year in order to win the support of parliament.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph today, Mrs May said she will be "armed with a fresh mandate, new ideas and a renewed determination to agree a pragmatic solution that delivers the Brexit the British people voted for". Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!
May said in her article: "When I return to Brussels, I will be battling for Britain and Northern Ireland".
May, writing in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper, shed little light on how she meant to solve the issue that has provoked most opposition from her lawmakers, post-Brexit arrangements for the border between the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Theresa May has said she is "determined" to deliver Brexit on time, ahead of talks on the Irish backstop.
"The objective of the backstop is simple - to ensure the protection of the Good Friday agreement, the single biggest achievement we share with successive British governments".
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In the interview with the Funke media group, Maas repeated the EU's position that the withdrawal agreement thrashed out between Brussels and London, which was rejected by Britain's parliament last month, could not be renegotiated.
He is the second senior minister to suggest such a delay may be needed, after Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday Britain may need time to get legislation through.
May has promised MPs that she will bring any revised deal back to be voted on by MPs on February 13.
With less than two months until Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29, concerns are growing over the risk of a disorderly "no deal" exit.
So far Brussels has insisted that its so-called backstop arrangement, aimed at ensuring there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, must stay as part of any deal. MPs voted 317 to 301 that the Irish backstop should be removed from the Brexit withdrawal agreement and replaced with alternative arrangements.
The Tánaiste said walking away from the withdrawal agreement would have serious consequences, and a time-limited or unilateral exit mechanism would just extend the uncertainty for the people of Northern Ireland.
May is due to report back to parliament on her negotiations with the European Union on 13 February, a few weeks after she secured MPs' support to go back to Brussels.