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The spokesman added: "We are working to deliver on the prime minister's deal to leave the European Union with a deal the bills which are now being considered by parliament are trade bill, agriculture bill, fisheries bill, healthcare bill, immigration bill and financial services bill, all of which are at different stages in either the first or the second house".

But little has changed since she delayed before Christmas a House of Commons vote on the proposed deal and few observers believe she'll be successful as many rebel lawmakers are locked into their opposition because of public promises they've made to their constituency parties.

Her problem is that, far from such a balance of terror existing, the very opposite prevails - a kind of equilibrium of complacency.

The DUP, which May's Conservative Party relies on for a majority in Parliament, has said it would not back the deal. The new year has been marked by all of them claiming fresh support and optimism.

London has been swirling with rumours about how exactly May intends to avoid Britain crashing out of the bloc without any trade or other arrangements in place - something a large chunk of MPs oppose.

Britain plans to hold a vote in Parliament on January 15 on the government's deal to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesperson said Tuesday after a meeting of senior ministers.

Senior Conservative and Labour MPs have joined forces in an attempt to stop a "no-deal" Brexit.

Ahead of next week's vote, he insisted: "We don't want to trap the United Kingdom into anything".

She added: 'In my view, there should not be a second referendum and, practically, you couldn't get a referendum organised in time before March 29.' The comments from the prime minister, who has frequently condemned calls for a new referendum, were seized on last night by Remain campaigners.

There was no sign of a Brexit breakthrough at a Downing Street drinks reception last night.

The government, for its part, has forecast a potential economic slump of more than nine percent in the wake of a no-deal Brexit.

The first convoy is expected to arrive in Dover shortly.

"The Withdrawal Agreement, as now proposed, flies in the face of the government's commitments on Northern Ireland as we leave the EU".

HGVs parked at Manston traveled to the Port of Dover to replicate a key stage of the government contingency plans if there is disruption at the channel ports caused by Brexit, codenamed Operation Brock.

Johnson wrote in his column in the Daily Telegraph: "Of all the options suggested by pollsters - staying in the European Union, coming out on Theresa May's terms, or coming out on World Trade terms - it is the last, the so-called no-deal option, that is gaining in popularity".

On the possibility of further assurances being offered to Britain, Ms Loiseau said: "These are political assurances but there is nothing more that we can do".

Deputy leader Nigel Dodds said the Government must "stand firm" and set out a "resolute red line" to Brussels.

In an effort to assuage MPs concerns, May has lobbied her European counterparts and officials in Brussels to make concessions on the clause.

Johnson said, "we must hope that Theresa May does remove the backstop from the withdrawal agreement, in such a way as to give real legal protection to the UK".