Brexit: British PM Theresa May faces another defeat after deadlock

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Despite the Prime Minister supposedly securing "legally binding" changes, the DUP has not openly confirmed its support for Mrs May's deal as of yet.

The spokesperson did confirm, however, that the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Mrs May had spoken by phone on Monday.

The prime minister has since been trying to negotiate changes to the agreement, in particular regarding the highly unpopular backstop provision, which is created to ensure a frictionless Irish border and would, as many fear, tie the United Kingdom to the EU customs union.

"Finally, the House of Commons is going to have to make a final judgment on what it wants in terms of Brexit", he said.

If lawmakers reject a no-deal exit, the government will hold a vote on Thursday to ask parliament whether Brexit should be delayed.

And chances are that will also succeed, regardless of May winning tomorrow's provisional vote or not.

The prime minister has now secured some guarantees on the hated backstop arrangement, meant to keep open the Irish border.

Cabinet ministers urged their Tory colleagues on Sunday to support May's deal, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt saying both the European Union and British parliamentarians need to be "realistic".

Talk of May stepping down as Prime Minister sooner rather than later is also growing, with her former policy adviser, Tory MP George Freeman, calling for "a new leader for a new generation" after Brexit.

As it stands, Britain is legally on course to crash out of the European Union without a deal on March 29.

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Meanwhile, the Opposition Labour Party has been mounting pressure on the government for an official update to Parliament on the talks with the EU.

But eurosceptic conservative MPs, as well as the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), May's ally in Northern Ireland, have been opposed to it arguing it would tie the United Kingdom to the EU's trade rules indefinitely, or create a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Juncker published clarifications to the Brexit deal in a letter posted to Twitter, warning "it is this deal, or #Brexit may not happen at all".

Some lawmakers are telling May to pull the vote because they expect a defeat on a similar scale as on her first attempt in January, the Times reported.

The pound surged for a second day as the United Kingdom government said it had secured changes to its divorce deal from the European Union and planned to hold a vote in the United Kingdom parliament.

Hopes for a breakthrough in the talks looked slim earlier Monday, after the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said it was up to May and British MPs to find a compromise.

The EU has said it is now up to MPs to decide the next steps for Brexit and it remains "committed" to agreeing a deal.

He said the changes should overcome lawmakers' qualms about a mechanism in the deal created to keep an open border between Britain's Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

But MPs rejected it in January by a massive 432 votes to 202, with many of May's Conservatives rebelling against her.

For all of the prime minister's weaknesses as a politician - her repetition of talking points has earned her the nickname "the Maybot" - she has proved remarkably durable.

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