MPs order Theresa May to prevent a no-deal Brexit

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Seeking to break Britain's Brexit deadlock, Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday she plans to ask the European Union to change its divorce deal with the U.K.by altering an Irish border guarantee that is opposed by many British lawmakers.

Speaking in Cyprus moments before MPs voted, Mr Macron said: "As the European Council in December clearly indicated, the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the United Kingdom and EU is the best agreement possible".

Theresa May promised to go back to Brussels to re-negotiate Brexit after Parliament ripped up the deal she's spent the past year and a half stitching together.

Members of Parliament rejected Labour MP Yvette Cooper's amendment, which was aimed at enabling the House of Commons to vote on blocking a no-deal Brexit, also known as a hard Brexit.

"I think we should send the Prime Minister back to Brussels with a strong mandate to be able to say if you compromise with us on this one issue, on the backstop, we would be able to a get an agreement - an agreement that is nearly there", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

The plan - called the The Malthouse Compromise after Kit Malthouse, the MP who brought the parties together - would lead to Britain leaving the European Union "on time and with a functioning government", former Brexit minster Steve Baker said.

With Britain's House of Commons bitterly divided on the way forward for Britain's departure from the European Union, lawmakers representing various factions are vying to have their say in the Brexit process after they overwhelmingly rejected the government's divorce agreement two weeks ago.

May said if she has not struck a new Brexit deal by February 13, Parliament would get to vote, again, on what should happen next.

May said she would hold a second "meaningful" vote on her deal as soon as possible.

Referring to an amendment to May's proposed next steps on Brexit put forward by senior Conservative lawmaker Graham Brady, who wants "alternative arrangements" to the backstop, Weyand said that the withdrawal treaty already contained that possibility.

Sir Graham Brady, the influential head of the Conservative Party's 1922 Committee, wants to overcome the main hurdle to May's deal by replacing the "Irish backstop".

Labour will not formally say if it will order its MPs to back the plan until House of Commons Speaker John Bercow announces which amendments have been chosen for consideration on Tuesday morning, but three people familiar with the leadership's thinking said it was minded to support it.

MPs also voted 318 to 301 in favor of a symbolic amendment rejecting a no deal Brexit.

Conservative MPs who backed Theresa May's Brexit deal with the European Union when it was defeated this month are planning to ditch their previous support and try to force May to accept a closer relationship with the European Union instead.

The EU has said it will not change the legal text agreed with the UK PM.

Tuesday's vote comes in light of heightened concerns that a no-deal Brexit could mean the reestablishment of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Following the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would be willing to enter into Brexit talks with Mrs May.

As it stands, ERG MPs have made up their minds with Jacob Rees-Mogg forming an unlikely alliance with Tory remainers to come up with a Brexit "Plan C".

But as the politicians battle over Brexit, some of the world's biggest companies are having to guess what lies in store for the United Kingdom, one of the biggest destinations for foreign investment over the past two decades.

At the weekend, Ireland's foreign minister, Simon Coveney, stated baldly the backstop simply "isn't going to change".

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