United Kingdom would scrap 80-90 percent of tariffs after no-deal Brexit

UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt

The commission said there was still "no solution" to the impasse after the meeting in Brussels between the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier and attorney general Geoffrey Cox and Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay.

Talks by lower-ranking officials were expected to continue on Wednesday but there was no clear schedule yet for further negotiations between Mr Cox and the EU's Michel Barnier.

While the bloc is reluctant to make concessions, European officials want May's deal to get through Parliament before March 29 - the day Britain is scheduled to leave.

Cox's presence is seen as central as he will ultimately offer a legal opinion on the Brexit deal and the Irish backstop that could determine whether key pro-Brexit lawmakers will approve the withdrawal agreement.

Brady told the Observer Saturday that his intention had always been to "ensure that the backstop could not assume a permanent status, trapping the United Kingdom in the EU customs union".

Parliament rejected May's deal in January, largely because of concerns about the so-called backstop, which is created to prevent the need for physical border checks along the Irish border if negotiators fail to agree on a free-trade deal.

European Union leaders insist that the legally binding withdrawal agreement can't be reopened. British Prime Minister Theresa May views a vehicle production line during a visit to the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Solihull, England on September 1, 2016.

The stance has been drawn up in conjunction with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which Mrs May relies on to keep her in power, and which has been calling for the backstop clause to be removed from the agreement. He declined to go into any specifics about the kind of legally binding changes Cox was trying to secure. He tweeted that much of the reporting had been inaccurate, and "complex and detailed negotiations can not be conducted in public".

New post-Brexit funds of £1.6bn have been earmarked by the government to support "struggling" town centres across the country - including £110m for the East Midlands.

May has sought support among lawmakers from the biggest opposition party since she suffered a crushing defeat in a vote on her Brexit deal in mid-January.

The group urged Labour lawmakers not to be 'kidded by the latest con. Chris Bryant called the money "corrupt, patronizing, pathetic" and "all to appease the Brexit monster".

A total of £1bn will be allocated using a needs-based formula.

While he respected the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum, he reiterated that Labour would back another European Union referendum "to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit or a disastrous no deal outcome".

Media captionConfused by Brexit jargon? The EU says the talks in Brussels are focused on drafting a separate document to placate doubters in London.

Liz Kendall, Labour MP for Leicester West and leading supporter of the People's Vote campaign, said: "Jeremy Corbyn has done the right thing by backing a People's Vote and this poll shows that the majority of Labour voters in our region back this decision".

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