Brexit poll: how the United Kingdom would vote today

Brexit poll: how the United Kingdom would vote today

Brexit poll: how the United Kingdom would vote today

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire also seemed to play down talk that a deal was done, telling the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday that resolving the Irish border "remains our focus and attention in getting that deal".

Britain is looking for an agreement based on an improved version of the EU's "equivalence" system of financial market access, whereby Brussels allows foreign firms to operate on its turf if their home rules are closely aligned with those in the bloc.

On Monday, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Dublin was willing to examine ways in which the backstop could be reviewed, so long as it does not permit Britain to unilaterally walk away from it, a move his European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee said on Tuesday could help move the talks forward.

Before a permanent solution can be found, the United Kingdom and EU are trying to negotiate a so-called backstop that, under an EU proposal, could see Britain and Northern Ireland trade under World Trade Organization rules but linked in a customs union with the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the EU.

Lidington also said London would stand by the written commitments it had already made on the backstop, which include the agreement that it would apply unless and until a better solution is found.

The backstop is a safety net-type proposal created to prevent a hard border after Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom leaves the European Union next year.

However, while it was backed by 63% of people who voted Remain, it was backed by just 20% of Leave voters.

"We think there are answers to the practical issues involved".

Mrs May is said to continue to be pushing for a Canada-style free trade deal with the EU.

Ms O'Neill commended the letter signed by 1,000 nationalists across Ireland to Mr Varadkar, urging him to defend the rights of Irish citizens north of the border amid uncertainty caused by Brexit and Stormont's political crisis.

The agreement would avoid the need for an Irish backstop - which has left Britain and Brussels deadlocked - and would stop Northern Ireland being treated differently to the rest of the UK.

Remain would win a new Brexit poll by 54 per cent to 46 per cent, according to analysis of one of the largest surveys carried out on the issue.

The former Labour Prime Minister, Tony Blair, an active supporter of Britain remaining in the European Union, urged all MPs Sunday to vote down whatever Brexit deal May presents to parliament, and should instead push for another referendum.

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