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EU's Verhofstadt: EU must increase pressure on Britain over Brexit

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Theresa May is facing another tough week

The Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Theresa May's minority government is demanding a seat at post-Brexit trade talks as its price for supporting her twice-defeated divorce deal, The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.

Talks between the DUP and Mr Hammond came on the same day EU Agricultural Commissioner Phil Hogan told Irish farmers to stay calm and accused the British government of a "political stunt" over its no-deal tariff statement.

In one unusual episode Thursday, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay urged Parliament to support the government's motion to seek a Brexit delay-then voted against it himself. They didn't believe and neither would I have believed - having got warm words from people in authority "we will do this", and remember the 100-plus times "we will be out on 29 March" - absolutely not.

The fear of a Brexit delay or a second referendum is winning some support but so far, not by the numbers needed to turn last week's defeat into this week's victory. If it passes, she'll seek a June 30 deadline. When the final deal was put before MPs for a second time on March 14, MPs once again rejected it, albeit by a smaller margin of around 150 votes.

European Union leaders will consider pressing Britain to delay Brexit by at least a year to find a way out of the domestic maelstrom, though there is shock and growing impatience at the political chaos in London.

Tory MP Nick Boles, the one who concocted a plan with Labour MP Yvette Cooper to try and take control of the Brexit plans from the government, has resigned from his local Conservative Constituency Association citing a clash of values and views.

Fishing boats take part in a demonstration against the terms of the current Mrs May's Brexit deal
Fishing boats take part in a demonstration against the terms of the current Mrs May’s Brexit deal

European Council president Donald Tusk said: "I will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the United Kingdom finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it". The argument now is really about what that new deal would look like, and with the extension of Article 50, they have a little more breathing space to process it.

"No extension should be granted beyond July 1 unless the European Parliament elections are held at the mandatory date", the paper said according to the FT.

It is understood that two two advertising vans, made by the anti-Brexit grassroots campaign Led By Donkeys, will also be following the march. This would give them an opportunity to indicate which options they support in the hope of identifying a way out of the impasse.

Speaking to the BBC's Political Thinking podcast, Ms McVey said: "The element now is that people will have to take a bad deal rather than no deal".

The UK is barrelling towards the 29 March Brexit deadline with no approved European Union withdrawal agreement and a prime minister who appears to have lost control over her bickering cabinet.

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