United Kingdom might need to seek a short extension to Brexit transition: May

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But that fraction is the hardest bit - the issue of the Northern Ireland border.

Cabinet members met today to discuss a no-deal Brexit as experts warned that leaving the European Union will hit Britain's ability to tackle serious and organised crime and import medicines as well as hurt the scientific community.

There is increasing speculation that May will face a leadership challenge from her own party.

May's most recent attempt to break the deadlock - her suggestion that the United Kingdom could extend the transition period "for a few months" if the United Kingdom needed more time to solve the Irish border conundrum - was met with fury by Tory MPs, who accused May of unnecessarily delaying Brexit while preparing to hand over more money to the EU.

Meanwhile, Ireland's Ambassador to the UK, Adrian O'Neill, said there was no mention of a time limit on the backstop protocol in either the agreement reached last December or in March when Theresa May wrote to Donald Tusk committing to a legally operable backstop.

"The shape of the deal across the vast majority of the withdrawal agreement is now clear", she said.

"However, May insisted that the EU's position had shifted and that they were now" actively working" with the United Kingdom to find a compromise.

Trudy Harrison, the MP for Copeland, was the latest to sign up to the Stand Up 4 Brexit campaign that opposes any future trade deal based on Chequers, which would sign up the United Kingdom to a common rule book for food and goods after Brexit to ensure a free flow of trade across the border in Ireland.

"Perhaps this is a negotiation ploy created to give the European Union some cover so that they can say they have got something out of the United Kingdom in these negotiations if their demand for a backstop is removed".

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On Monday, she reiterated the position, stating that the United Kingdom might need to ask for a short extension "as an alternative to the backstop".

It will mean not giving in to those who want to stop Brexit with a politician's vote.

Theresa May will step in front of MPs, reporting on her Brexit talks achievements, having faced harsh rhetoric and bitter bickering from hard-core Brexiteers within her party in the past few days.

Both sides agree there must be no hard border that could disrupt businesses and residents on both sides and undermine Northern Ireland's hard-won peace process.

However, she came under fire from critics on all sides in the Commons after she confirmed that she could accept a short extension to the transition period after the United Kingdom leaves in order to secure a final settlement.

To this end the United Kingdom will first enter a 20 month "implementation period" after Brexit in March, a period where the United Kingdom will still follow European Union customs and market rules, and which could be extended by a "sovereign choice" of the UK.

Prior to May's statement, ostensibly an update on a meeting in Brussels the previous week where little progress on Brexit was publicly reported, Brexit secretary Dominic Raab had delivered more bad news to lawmakers.

Downing Street told CNN it would not be commenting on Mercer's interview.

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