EU President Jean Claude Juncker was blunt in his assessment of the situation last night, saying the risk of a hard Brexit had increased and “time is almost up”. In Dublin, the Government promised to intensify preparation for “such an outcome”. “The Irish Government recognises, however, that a disorderly Brexit is a bad outcome for everyone, not least in Northern Ireland. It is not too late to avoid this outcome and we call on the UK to set out how it proposes to resolve this impasse as a matter of urgency,” a statement said. Addressing MPs after losing the House of Commons vote by 432 to 202, Mrs May warned MPs there was no way of dumping the backstop which will ensure an open Border on the island of Ireland. She said any of the alternative deals being pushed would still require “the insurance policy”: “No backstop simply means no deal now and for the foreseeable future.” Moments after the result was announced, Mrs May told the House of Commons: “It is clear the House does not support this deal, but tonight’s vote tells us nothing about what it does support.” Labour Party leader Jeremey Corbyn immediately tabled a motion… Read full this story
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