British Prime Minister Theresa May sought parliamentary approval to return to Brussels to re-negotiate the withdrawal agreement, but EU officials insisted that it is not possible to re-open talks on the controversial ‘backstop’ for Ireland-Northern Ireland.
The House of Commons began a day-long debate on May’s Brexit Plan B after the agreement was voted down earlier this month. She promised to return to parliament with a revised agreement that will be put to vote, likely on February 14.
The House was due to vote on Tuesday evening on a series of amendments to the Plan B, on issues such as ruling out leaving the EU without an agreement, extending Article 50, and an alternative to the ‘backstop’ that has emerged as the main sticking point across parties.
May said she knew there was a “limited appetite” in the EU to re-open talks, but she believed she could “secure” it and return with “significant and legally binding change.”