Brexit: Threat of no-deal focusing minds, says Chancellor Philip Hammond

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The UK has admitted it will not be able to sign a trade deal with Japan that matches the EU's own agreement before the 29 March Brexit deadline.

The joint statement touched on the sensitive areas, but it was non-committal. Brexit is the past, it is not the future.

She will try to renegotiate the Irish backstop as well as request legally-binding assurances that the backstop will not extend indefinitely.

Mr Corbyn held talks in Brussels with Michel Barnier, the...

Brexit-supporting members of May's Conservative Party have been conspicuous by their silence about the shift from aiming to replace the backstop, as they demanded, to a legal addendum.

"Unfortunately not all of the FTAs - and I might mention the Japan and Korean ones that are important - are expected to be concluded in time", Clark told executives and journalists on Tuesday at the annual conference of the MakeUK manufacturing lobby group.

Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hailed "constructive" talks in Brussels last night despite the EU's continued insistence that no changes could be made to the Brexit deal agreed a year ago. "We will have friendly talks tomorrow but I don't expect a breakthrough".

The joint statement said negotiators from the two sides "will review progress again in the coming days, seized of the tight timescale and the historic significance of setting the European Union and the United Kingdom on a path to a deep and unique future partnership".

What do you call a Prime Minister whose only policy is something she thinks is *against* the national interest?

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He told the MakeUK dinner: "Our priority remains avoiding a No Deal outcome, and that will be my unwavering focus".

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 on March 29.

"So the solution lies in getting the PM's deal through Parliament".

In a sign of how little faith the European Union has in May's ability to drive a renegotiated deal through Parliament, the bloc wants to test proposed changes to the backstop in the House of Commons first. Most agree the so-called Northern Irish backstop contained in the Withdrawal Agreement is unnaceptable.

This legally enforceable text could give the United Kingdom a unilateral exit mechanism from the backstop, but with a long 12-month notice period, according to a senior official who asked not to be named.

But again, the Withdrawal Agreement already provides for a review of if and how alternative arrangements, such as technology or the free trade deal, might supersede the backstop.

The EU has implied that if it can not be satisfied future trade arrangements wouldn't risk compromising its single market, then without the backstop arrangement it would have no choice but to instruct the Republic of Ireland to create a "hard border" of goods inspection posts on the island of Ireland, in breach of the Good Friday Agreement.

Speaking from the European Commission on Thursday, Mr Juncker said he could not rule out a no-deal Brexit, which would have "terrible economic and social consequences both in Britain and the EU".

Since the domestic defeat, May and her team have met with European Union officials multiple times in a bid to restart negotiations in search of a deal that the British parliament would support.

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