A government source said of the next phase of the Brexit debate: “I hope the Prime Minister will collect air miles because he will not come back with many other things.” She said there was “full responsibility for what was agreed within the EU” but that there was “no ownership” in the British Parliament. The Prime Minister`s official spokesman said that “as soon as possible” there would be a second useful vote on any participation in Brussels. Last year, the UK and the EU agreed that such a measure was necessary to comply with the Good Friday peace deal, but the Brexiteer Conservatives who oppose it believe that the measure that could permanently bind the UK into a customs union and separate Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK could remain permanently linked. “The withdrawal agreement is and remains the best and only way to ensure an orderly exit of the UK from the European Union,” said Council President Donald Tusk. Charles Grant, the long-time Brussels leader of the Centre for European Reforms, sent a disappointing message for Brexiters this evening. He warns that the EU will effectively refuse to resume talks on the return cycle and highlights the gulf between Brussels` offer and the concessions the Brexiters now believe they can win. It has not escaped the people Theresa May said until recently that the backstop should be part of the withdrawal agreement. One such person is the Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, who has described the Prime Minister`s assertion that she could renegotiate the agreement in light of today`s votes as “staggering.” Sir Graham wants the Irish backstop to be replaced by what he calls “alternative rules to avoid a hard border” but would also support the Prime Minister`s agreement. However, what this alternative might be is not specific. The Prime Minister promised a new meaningful vote on February 13 and a new motion that could be amended in case that request was rejected or if the government did not secure a new agreement. But we don`t have time anymore.

It will have to reflect the opposition of the House of Commons to the lack of agreement. We will look at the changes that will be needed if no progress has been made at this stage. We continue to work to ensure that we do not reach the pitfall without agreement on March 29. Having spent much of this week in Brussels, I have no doubt that the EU will refuse to reopen the withdrawal agreement or the Irish backstop. EU heads of state and government are concerned that British politicians do not know the EU`s position and the realities of Brexit. @CER_EU Mrs May spoke at a meeting of her bankers on Monday night and many sources told the BBC`s political correspondent Iain Watson that she would support the so-called Brady Amendment, a measure proposed by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative Bankers Committee. The effect of this Brady amendment opens a new cycle of “Fantasy Brexit”. This means that the government is returning to Brussels and asking the EU to tear up the withdrawal agreement and allow a transition period without a backstop. The EU says this cannot happen.

After the devastating defeat of her proposed withdrawal agreement, when more than 100 of her own MPs defied her, it now seems that she can win a majority in favour of an approach that could revive that plan – the operational word is certainly “could.” They insist that concrete legal changes be made to the 585-page withdrawal agreement. While May assured MEPs that she could travel to Brussels with a mandate to resume talks on the withdrawal agreement, the EU has already insisted that such negotiations do not take place. The best way to ensure an orderly withdrawal is to ratify this agreement. The main stumbling block was the backstop – the “insurance policy,” which aimed to ensure that there would be no return to a visible border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit. The chairman of the 1922 committee developed an approach that adopted the