Theresa May tries to buy time as the Brexit clock ticks down

Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a meeting at Farmleigh House in Dublin

Brexit minister Stephen Barclay will meet European Union negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday to discuss changes to the part of the exit deal relating to the "backstop", an insurance policy against the return of a hard border between European Union member Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland.

The Prime Minister has been in Brussels this week seeking concessions on the Northern Irish backstop, the reason many MPs rejected her vote by historic margins in January.

When asked if a meaningful vote would happen this month, he said: "If it has not happened, parliament would have further opportunity by no later than 27 February".

The prime minister is aiming to allay lawmaker concern that, unless they vote to take control of the process and order her to seek an extension of European Union negotiations, they will have lost their chance to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

She'll say that if she hasn't brought them new deal by February 27, there will then be another opportunity to vote, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire confirmed in an interview.

He acknowledged that more work was needed to get the United Kingdom ready for Brexit on March 29, telling the BBC's Andrew Marr Show there are "still steps that are currently being put in place" but "there is steady work that is going on, 10,000 civil servants that are now focused on this" and the Border Force was "ramping up" its staff. It's got to know where we're heading before we leave'.

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The prime minister is to urge MPs to give her more time to secure changes to her Brexit deal.

Tony Blair has renewed warnings that a no-deal Brexit could be "devastating" for the Northern Ireland peace process and says a second referendum could still happen.

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson told the Andrew Marr Show that if those conditions were not met then his party could move to supporting a second referendum.

"Or the only way to break the impasse is to have a public vote, and that remains our policy".

Chief Secretary to the U.K. Treasury Liz Truss tells Sky there won't be any need to extend Article 50 - which sets the deadline for leaving - because lawmakers will reach an agreement in time.

"You've got to decide which of those Brexits you want before we leave - otherwise, we're going to leave without clarity".

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