Theresa May will travel to Dublin later to discuss the Brexit negotiations’ main sticking point with her Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar.
The PM is looking for legally requisite changes to the backstop – the plan to avoid the return of Irish border checks should no UK-EU trade deal be in place.
Both Mr Varadkar and the EU have repeatedly rejected calls for changes.
In the meantime, a former Civil Service chief has called for delays to the withdrawal process to avoid a “blindfold Brexit”.
People’s Vote campaign for a further EU referendum published a report according to that; Lord Kerslake said the UK was not ready to leave.
The peer, who is now a Labour adviser said, “Britain is divided, directionless and hurtling towards a legal deadline, with no idea where we will end up after we cross it. The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March.
However, Mrs May is still attempting to negotiate changes to the withdrawal agreement she struck with the EU last year but which has since been rejected by MPs.
After meeting EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday, she said she had “set out very clearly the position from Parliament that we must have legally binding changes to the withdrawal agreement” to deal with MPs’ concerns about the backstop.
But many MPs object to the arrangement, which they say could leave the UK “trapped” under EU rules indefinitely.
Mr Varadkar will travel to Belfast for talks with Northern Ireland’s five main political parties before returning to Dublin to meet Mrs May over dinner.
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