UK, EU agree to take more Brexit time after no-result summit

Penny Mourdant arriving for today’s cabinet meeting. The minister insisted that no one was planning to resign

But Labour's Sir Keir Starmer said his party did not accept the choice facing Parliament was between "whatever deal Theresa May cobbles together or no-deal".

"We've shown we can do hard deals together constructively", she said.

The former Deputy Prime Minister and campaigner for a so-called People's Vote took calls on LBC on Wednesday.

An EU diplomat told the Financial Times that the possible extension proposal was "an example of how we could be flexible to help the British side if they want it".

This could see a draft Brexit deal pushed back to a December summit, leaving little time for its ratification by the British and European parliaments.

Mrs May was fighting to preserve the possibility of a deal with Brussels on the UK's withdrawal, after negotiations foundered last weekend on the intractable issue of the Irish border.

Alternatively, May has suggested that the entire United Kingdom remain in the customs union of the EU for a temporary period in the hope that the "Irish problem" can be resolved later.

May's concession on Wednesday came as she pleaded for "courage, trust and friendship" from both sides in her speech to European Union leaders. She said: "We realise that the technical agreement of last week was not accepted in London". Disagreement over the backstop has brought divorce negotiations to a standstill.

Repeatedly she failed to answer the hard questions on Brexit, on Chequers and on any divorce bill the United Kingdom might have to pay.

Prime Minister Theresa May traveled to Brussels on Wednesday and was given 30 minutes behind closed doors to make another appeal to her European counterparts.

The attendees were Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, and perhaps most worrying for the prime minister, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

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International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt told Sky News: "No-one is planning on resigning".

May also mentioned "working intensively over the next days and weeks" to achieve agreement that avoids a no-deal departure from the bloc on March 29 that could create chaos at the borders and in the economy.

Attendance at the demonstration is expected to exceed previous marches held in the capital as negotiations between Theresa May and European Union representatives near an end.

"That has got to be gripped, and I think the sooner it is gripped the better".

However, the chances of Mrs May securing a deal by Friday are low and confidence in the Prime Minister is waning.

Ministers arriving for Cabinet on Tuesday morning were offered sausage and bacon sandwiches.

Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU.

European Union chief negotiatior Michel Barner floated on Tuesday the idea that a longer transition could buy the necessary time for the European Union to try to make Britain's compromise plans work.

The St Austell and Newquay MP said: "The tourism and hospitality sector is very concerned that they will be able to continue to access the seasonal workforce they need once we leave the EU".

Germany's Europe minister, Michael Roth, said Berlin's message to Mrs May was: "Take responsibility and be constructive".

A final Brexit deal could now be put off until as late as December - beyond the point at which Mr Barnier had said an agreement was essential.

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