EU Pessimistic on Brexit Outcome

Former Prime Minister of Portugal Jose Manuel Barroso called on the EU to compromise

Former Prime Minister of Portugal Jose Manuel Barroso called on the EU to compromise Credit Julian Simmonds TMG

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker (R) welcomes British Prime Minister Theresa May in Brussels, Belgium, February 20, 2019.

She will meet with Juncker and Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, who have no mandate from Tusk's council or European Union leaders to renegotiate the deal or modify the Irish backstop clause.

The British government said Thursday that Brexit talks with the European Union will focus on winning new guarantees to reassure eurosceptic MPs, rather than on demanding the divorce deal be re-opened.

"The only solution that can assure we do not see the emergence of a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland is an agreement on customs, on customs territory, call it what you will, and regulatory alignment between Northern Ireland and the European Union or perhaps the whole United Kingdom and the European Union".

Prime Minister Theresa May said she had made "progress" in talks with the European Union on Wednesday as she sought to extract concessions on the terms of Britain's divorce, but as expected there was no major breakthrough. "If they do that, we hone out exact words in the second week of March and it goes to the summit for approval".

Hart said he and a colleague had written to May's chief whip, or top enforcer in parliament, warning him that they believed some Conservative lawmakers were resolute on voting against any agreement, as they prefer a no deal exit.

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"Some of my colleagues have got to recognise that the game they have thus far been playing with regards to this whole process is not going to end well for them and could potentially end with the delaying of, perhaps even no Brexit - which some of us have spent a lot of our parliamentary and political careers campaigning for", he said.

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The Labour Party was "determined" to remove the possibility of a no-deal exit, he said, adding that Barnier had conveyed the EU's own fears about the predicted economic damage such an outcome would entail for both sides.

The UK government says "productive" talks in Brussels aimed at addressing MPs' concerns continue "urgently".

Instead, May is set to ask for legally binding assurances that the backstop will not be extended indefinitely.

If she fails, May will have to decide whether to delay Brexit or endanger the world's fifth largest economy by leaving without a deal.

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The pair also noted discussing "the role alternative arrangements could play in replacing the backstop in future".

The discussions may be over officially for the coming week as a summit with the Arab League in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh will occupy the EU's time over the course of the next several days.

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox are due in Brussels on Thursday with proposed changes the seeking to the divorce deal to make it acceptable to the House of Commons.

Manufacturing supply chains could be disrupted, and Brexit uncertainty has already been cited as a contributing factor in the closure or departure of several British-based businesses.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is also meeting Mr Barnier in Brussels on Thursday.

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