UK Cabinet Shown Brexit Deal Text as Talks Near Endgame

UK PM May dives into flurry of diplomacy in bid to clinch Brexit deal

UK PM May dives into flurry of diplomacy in bid to clinch Brexit deal

Mr Hancock said a decision to release legal advice would only be taken in "exceptional circumstances" by the Prime Minister. Mrs May has previously insisted no United Kingdom prime minister could ever agree to such proposals.

"The Government will not agree anything that brings about a hard border on the island of Ireland".

Brexit is expected to dominate the agenda of the British Irish Council, which also involves the first ministers of Scotland and Wales, Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones.

In the letter, obtained by The Times, Mrs May said: "I am clear that I could not accept there being any circumstances or conditions in which that "backstop to the backstop", which would break up the United Kingdom customs territory, could come in to force". But she stresses that she would never allow a divide between Northern Ireland and Britain to "come into force".

This wording has been interpreted by the DUP to mean the clause will nevertheless be inserted into the legally-binding agreement, the paper reported.

Theresa May faced a fresh Brexit headache as her plans risked a rift with her Democratic Unionist Party allies. In a phone call with May on Monday, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he would consider a "review mechanism" for the backstop.

Yesterday the Prime Minister's inner circle were invited to review parts of the draft text which have already been agreed with Brussels and reports suggest European Union leaders will meet at the end of November for an emergency Brexit summit.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister's letter sets out her commitment, which she has been absolutely clear about on any number of occasions, to never accepting any circumstances in which the United Kingdom is divided into two customs territories".

Jacob Rees-Mogg told The Times: 'None of this works at all.

Senior ministers have been invited into a private reading room in a building adjoining May's offices to examine the 95 percent of the withdrawal package that's been agreed so far, according to people familiar with the matter. She will hold meetings today with French president Emmanuel Macron and Belgian prime minister Charles Michel.

His comments came on the same day Austrian newspapers reported that Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier could meet over the next few days to seal an agreement.

A Downing Street spokesman told The Time last night: 'The prime minister's letter sets out her commitment, which she has been absolutely clear about on any number of occasions, to never accepting any circumstances in which the United Kingdom is divided into two customs territories.

Amid speculation a deal is closed to being agreed, May's proposed backstop would see the entire United Kingdom effectively agree to remain in the customs union.

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