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"We will now take this mandate forward and seek to obtain legally binding changes to the withdrawal agreement that deal with concerns on the backstop while guaranteeing no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland".

May backed a proposal from a Conservative backbencher calling for the backstop to be replaced by "alternative arrangements", and called on all lawmakers from her Conservative Party to support it.

Speaking hours before the vote, May beseeched parliament to reject any amendment that would take the prospect of a no-deal Brexit off the table.

So far 14 amendments have been put forward.

The backstop is meant to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, but so-called "Brexiteers" have pointed to the lack of a unilateral exit mechanism as evidence that the backstop could lead to Britain never leaving the bloc.

"The backstop is not a prerequisite for the future relationship", she said.

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The remaining 27 EU Member States, along with the European Commission, have issued a statement in response to the Brady amendment, saying they will not enter into renegotiations over the withdrawal agreement.

But asked about the Malthouse plan, Dr Fox said only: "There are all sorts of ideas being put out, but Parliament can not take a decision unless it is on the order paper and it is not on the order paper".

But he later suggested that he could be prepared to support it if the amendment had official Government backing. "The EU side is in agreement that a time-limit to the Irish backstop defeats the goal of having one". "That's very different from a worthy backbench motion that doesn't do anything".

Instead, Tuesday is a chance to discover what sort of changes to her strategy would be required to win the support of parliament, so May can try to renegotiate the deal in Brussels and then ask lawmakers to approve it.

"We need to go back into the text of the treaty and solve the problem. We can't have some codicil or letter or joint declaration". Both those ideas have been repeatedly rejected by the EU.

At the weekend, Ireland's foreign minister, Simon Coveney, stated baldly the backstop simply "isn't going to change".

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May's "red lines", the negotiating points on which she refuses to budge, include a desire to control immigration from the EU, which means the United Kingdom can not remain in its customs union and single market. "A bit of realism is needed at this stage".

Earlier this month Tesco and Sainsbury's, Britain's two biggest food retailers, said the country faced a fresh food bottleneck if it dropped out of the European Union without a deal.

Pound reaction: "Cooper/Boles we think is small upside for the pound, as delay is always preferable to a forced decision", said Royal Bank of Canada's chief currency strategist Adam Cole.

"The Labour Party will back the amendment tonight because to crash out without a deal would be deeply damaging for industry and economy", he said.

Remain-backing former Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan said discussions had been taking place for "some days" on the Malthouse plan between herself, health minister Stephen Hammond, and Solicitor General Robert Buckland on one side and Mr Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker from the ERG on the other. There's nearly an air of the Prime Minister and her Government being in complete denial about this.

"If [the Tories] are so reckless to crash Britain out of the European Union then there's one obvious solution and that's to have a border poll and end the partition of Ireland". "That is the way to unite remainers and leavers in the Conservative party and across the country", Johnson said.

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Manfred Weber, who heads the biggest group in the European Parliament, said that the existing deal was a "compromise between many interests".

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