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UK's May says she is "armed with fresh" Brexit mandate

04 February 2019, 08:28 | Hattie Nash

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But the European Union has rejected this.

His deputy John McDonnell had earlier accused the Prime Minister of trying to get pro-Brexit Labour rebels to "sell their votes" in a "dangerous" bid to win support for her deal.

Continuing her "battling" mood, May concluded: "I'm determined to deliver Brexit, and determined to deliver on time - on March 29, 2019".

"I 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, while ensuring there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland", said May.

But with the clock running down until the March 29 exit date the risks of a no-deal Brexit for both Britain and the bloc are coming into sharp focus.

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But May wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that she would be "battling for Britain and Northern Ireland" in her efforts to get rid of the agreement's unpopular backstop provision.

Simon Coveney said the rejection of the deal which forces the PM back to Brussels to try to reopen negotiations and replace the backstop had "caused disappointment and dismay in Dublin and across Europe".

Mrs. May said she rejected the suggestion "that seeking alternative arrangements for the backstop constituted "ripping up the Good Friday Agreement".

"The agreement we negotiated with Britain is already a compromise - especially regarding the arrangements for Northern Ireland", he said.

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Our political correspondent Chris Mason said that while Mrs May pledged to "go back to Brussels to secure a plan that Parliament can stand behind", the European Union remains publicly opposed to changing the backstop.

May's remarks came as Downing Street denied media reports of UK Prime Minister Theresa May's team wanting to secure the backing of parliament for a new Brexit deal in April before calling a general election in June as "completely untrue". "There must not be a hard border to the Republic of Ireland".

On a visit to Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday, he said: "I don't think any MP will sell their votes in that way - that sort of bribery and corruption".

Germany's Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, said on Sunday that the idea of the United Kingdom avoiding Brexit was unlikely.

In another development, the European Commission has agreed to compensate Irish farmers for a collapse in market value in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Irish edition of the Sunday Times newspaper said, quoting Irish government and EU sources.

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