British premier Theresa May says she is "armed with fresh" Brexit mandate

British premier Theresa May says she is

The Sunday Times leads with "plans" on how the Queen may be evacuated in the event of unrest as a result of a no-deal Brexit.

Last week Mrs May secured Parliament's backing to go back to Brussels in the hope of hammering out a fresh agreement that does not include the Irish border backstop - which is unacceptable to the DUP and Brexiteer Tories - and which will command a majority in the Commons.

Several rebellious centrist Labour MPs, who want a soft Brexit or to stay in the European Union, are mulling forming a new party, according to Sunday's Observer.

LONDON - Last week, Theresa May was sent back to Brussels to renegotiate her Brexit deal.

But Maas rejected British calls for further concessions to be offered to make the deal, negotiated over two years, more palatable to its critics in London.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, she suggested that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had agreed with her that the Irish border backstop as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement had to change.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would be "armed with a fresh mandate and new ideas" when she next meets European Union negotiators over her Brexit deal.

MPs vote that the Irish backstop should be removed from the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

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The backstop is an "insurance policy" - created to avoid a hard border "under all circumstances" between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

If such an agreement could not be reached, then to avoid those checks and border posts or other infrastructure, the backstop would come into force.

She rejected any suggestion that seeking alternative arrangements to the backstop constitutes "ripping up the Good Friday Agreement".

Our political correspondent Chris Mason said that while Mrs May pledged to "go back to Brussels to secure a plan that Parliament can stand behind", the European Union remains publicly opposed to changing the backstop.

MPs voted 317 to 301 that the Irish backstop should be removed from the Brexit withdrawal agreement and replaced with alternative arrangements.

And our correspondent added that the United Kingdom has not yet publicly suggested an alternative Brussels could live with.

Fox, who has previously spoken out strongly against delaying the exit date, said extending the negotiations without a deal in place would not solve anything, but it was "a very different argument" if Britain just needed more time to get the necessary legislation in place for a smooth exit. May's withdrawal agreement by 432votes to 202, with almost 120 Conservative MPs voting against their leader.

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