Philip Hammond urges colleagues to ‘think carefully’ on Brexit deal

Philip Hammond urges colleagues to ‘think carefully’ on Brexit deal

Britain and Brussels were locked in a stand off over Brexit today as Geoffrey Cox rejected the EU’s demand for new ideas on the backstop. With just five days until a showdown vote in Parliament on the deal, the Attorney General insisted his proposals were ‘clear as day’. Talks between Mr Cox and the EU’s negotiator Michel Barnier (right in Brussels yesterday) ended in deadlock on Tuesday night with both sides admitting the ‘robust’ and ‘difficult’. Downing Street insisted today Theresa May (left in Downing Street yesterday) still needed ‘legally binding’ guarantees the Irish border backstop would not be permanent to pass the deal on Tuesday night. EU officials have said they are prepared to work through the weekend on the problem but only if Britain offers new suggestions. Chancellor Philip Hammond (inset) today warned Brexiteers to back the deal anyway insisting it is the ‘last chance’ to leave the EU on time today.

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