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15/10/2018 Theresa May faces frantic 48 hours to save Brexit plan as talks stall ,,

PM to seek cabinet support before calling on EU leaders to drop backstop proposal

Theresa May faces a frantic 48 hours to try to save her Brexit negotiating strategy after she admitted talks had ground to a halt because of the EU’s insistence upon a Northern Ireland-only backstop.

The prime minister is expected to plead with EU leaders to drop their Irish backstop proposal at a make-or-break summit dinner on Wednesday night after seeking the support of members of her cabinet on Tuesday morning.

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15/10/2018 May tells MPs UK and EU aren't 'far apart' as she insists UK must be able to terminate Irish backstop - as it happened ,,

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

We’re going to close down this live blog now. Here’s a summary of the afternoon’s events:

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The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has addressed a meeting of his party’s peers and MPs, along with the shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer.

They told the Parliamentary Labour Party that opposing any deal Theresa May brought back would not necessarily mean no deal was the alternative. A party source said:

Both Keir and Jeremy made clear that it isn’t a straightforward choice between the likely package that Theresa May brings back and no deal.

If we vote against it and it’s voted down in parliament, then there is the option of calling for a general election on the basis that the government is unable to deliver that outcome, that we would seek to reopen the negotiations on the basis of our alternative plan and then, failing all that, all other options are on the table.

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15/10/2018 Jeremy Corbyn tells Labour MPs to reject ‘false choice’ on Brexit ,,

Leader addresses Westminster meeting held to discuss party’s approach to Theresa May’s EU negotiations

Jeremy Corbyn has told Labour MPs to hold firm to the party’s position on Brexit, calling it a “false choice” that they had to vote for Theresa May’s final agreement or risk a no-deal outcome.

Corbyn and the shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, addressed the private meeting of Labour MPs and peers on Monday night, amid speculation that up to 30 MPs would consider voting for any final Brexit deal brokered by May because of concerns about the backlash from leave-supporting constituencies and the risks of a failure to reach a deal with the EU.

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15/10/2018 Theresa May presents Brexit: the third-rate village pantomine | John Crace ,,

Degrees of comic self-delusion were the backdrop to a prime minister on full Maybot

First as tragedy, then as farce. And when that’s exhausted, all that’s left is a third-rate village pantomime. Brexit can make fools of the cleverest people, so has a field day making fools of fools. As a general rule when you haven’t got anything to say, it’s best to say nothing. But Theresa May is now so hopelessly crushed and disorientated, she felt obliged to come to the Commons to give a statement on what hadn’t happened. She hoped this made her sound as if she was still in control of the negotiations, but only proved she wasn’t.

“Cool, calm heads are needed,” the prime minister began. Apparently in all seriousness. So that’s it. We’re screwed, as there wasn’t a cool, calm head on view. Just varying levels of panic, disbelief, anger and comic self-delusion. May pressed on. The government had made real progress in the negotiations, by managing to agree what needed to be negotiated. These days you have to be thankful for small mercies.

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15/10/2018 Feel no pity for Theresa May – this Brexit bind is of her own making | Polly Toynbee ,,The prime minister will have to tell the Brexiteer bullies to put up with a Norway solution or shut up, and let the people vote

Theresa May’s week began with an early-morning visit to a loneliness charity. She needed its help in parliament today, stymied still by intransigence on the Brexit backstop. She will need it tomorrow, with half of her cabinet toying with self-serving resignations. David Davis’s rebel cry at the weekend urged them to rise up against her and “exert their collective responsibility”, but around that table it’s every man and woman for themselves, each eyeballing the others for fear someone else might make some grandstanding demarche. This improbable crew commands our fate. Never in living memory was Britain worse governed.

Related: Brexit: EU insistence on Northern Ireland backstop unacceptable, May tells MPs

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15/10/2018 Nicola Sturgeon calls for extension of Brexit transition period ,,

SNP leader says more time is needed to get ‘commonsense’ future relationship with EU

Nicola Sturgeon has called for an extension of the proposed 21-month Brexit transition period to give the UK government more time to negotiate a compromise with opposition parties, in order to deliver a “commonsense” future relationship with the EU.

“If the last two years have shown us anything, it is surely that more time will inevitably be needed to agree the future relationship, and so being able to extend the transition period will be vital to avoid another cliff-edge scenario,” Scotland’s first minister said.

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15/10/2018 Angela Merkel: Brexit deal looking 'more difficult' ,,

German chancellor’s comment comes as European council president Donald Tusk says no deal is ‘more likely than ever before’

Angela Merkel has spoken of growing difficulties in striking a Brexit deal as the European council president, Donald Tusk, warned that a no-deal scenario was “more likely than ever before”, following the latest derailment of talks over the Irish border.

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15/10/2018 Martin Rowson on fracking/Brexit backstop controversies – cartoon ,,Continue reading... www.theguardian.com Visit...
15/10/2018 No-deal Brexit 'closer than ever' warns Donald Tusk ,,A no-deal Brexit is “closer than ever”, EU Council president Donald Tusk has warned. www.politicshome.com Visit...
15/10/2018 Theresa May says Brexit deal still 'achievable' despite differences ,,The prime minister calls for "cool heads" as the UK and the EU search for a deal ahead of a key summit. www.bbc.co.uk Visit...
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