Theresa May says the United Kingdom must 'hold our nerve' in Brexit talks

Theresa May says the United Kingdom must 'hold our nerve' in Brexit talks

Theresa May says the United Kingdom must 'hold our nerve' in Brexit talks

Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI, said: "As the Brexit negotiations intensify confidence in Theresa May's ability to get a good deal has fallen even further to a new low".

In a speech to MEPs he said unless the Irish border row is resolved the deal is "zero per cent" finished as he mocked May's estimation.

"If doing those things means I get hard days in Brussels, then so be it", she said over the din of jeers from the opposition as well as some members of her own party.

But Brussels and London still disagree on how to keep open the land border between British Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland - and May emphasised she will not compromise on this.

Jittery markets closely watched May's speech to parliament, at which she is expected to say that 95 percent of the Brexit divorce deal has been settled.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told parliament that 95 percent of the terms of Brexit have been agreed, saying she's hopeful the remaining five percent can be resolved soon.

Backpedalling over leaving the European Union might prove a lesser evil for the British people compared to a poorly executed Brexit that would force the entire country into a corner.

The NAO said planning for border operations in the event of a deal was less developed than that for no deal because of uncertainty over the future UK-EU relationship.

The EU also volunteered to extend the post-Brexit status quo transition period by a year until the end of 2021.

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But she will add: "As I set out last week, the original backstop proposal from the European Union was one we could not accept, as it would mean creating a customs border down the Irish Sea and breaking up the integrity of the UK".

The former Brexit minister - who quit over Mrs May's Chequers plan for leaving the European Union - later welcomed her "strong assurance" in the House on maintaining the integrity of the UK.

"We must do everything we can to give people an opportunity to prevent Brexit, and there are tens of thousands of youngsters who didn't get a vote in 2016 who back a People's Vote".

Mr Benyon said: "I'm with the Prime Minister".

Underlining the difficulties that May faces with her own party, it emerged on Sunday that 41 MPs have now indicated they would not sign up to a Brexit deal if it was based on her Chequers trade proposals, enough to block any final deal being approved without opposition support.

Other Labour and Conservative MPs believe that voting against the deal could allow them to table amendments which they could use to push for a softer Brexit or force the government to legislate for a fresh referendum.

The former education secretary Justine Greening said she was "very concerned" about the Government's plans as it would mean the United Kingdom staying in a customs union on which "we'll have no say over the rules for a prolonged period at the very moment the global economy is facing some significant risks".

"Only a handful of rebel MPs challenged Mrs May over her Brexit strategy - and she was cheered when she answered back", the Sun reported.

The EU says it is not opposed to this in principle but insists it can not be negotiated in time for the divorce to be struck this autumn.

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