Theresa May has stopped her attempts at reopening the full Withdrawal Agreement to ensure the controversial Irish backstop is only temporary, according to The Sun. Number 10 have said this is the “simplest way” to secure legal binding changes as “a range of issues” are currently being discussed in Brussels.
EU diplomats have revealed they are drawing up a “parallel declaration” with help from British officials.
The declaration, which will sit alongside the treaty, is expected to include a joint review mechanism that may end the backstop within 12 months of it being triggered.
One pro-Remain minister told The Sun: “The PM knows she has to come up with something fast before next week to keep us onside.”
However, an angry backlash has emerged from Brexiteer Tory MPs’ European Research Group (ERG) who have warned of another rebellion.
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A senior ERG source said: “It is highly likely that both sides in Brussels are about to commit another catastrophic misjudgement.”
ERG shop steward and former Brexit minister, Steve Baker, said: “It’s absolutely clear there was a majority for the Brady amendment, replacing the backstop with alternative arrangements.
“It is not clear there is a majority for something else.
“At this crucial point in our country’s history, I am certain we will analyse with the utmost seriousness whatever the Government brings back, but I am not especially hopeful that a side letter or codicil will satisfy all wings of the Conservative Party and DUP.”
Another three Conservative Brexiteers have said the PM must deliver “a treaty-level clause that brings about substantive legal changes”.
The EU has stated already that a full deal won’t be ready in time for Wednesday’s Commons vote.
It has been revealed pro-Remain Cabinet ministers have issued Mrs May with an ultimatum to take no deal off the table before the vote.
They threatened if no deal is still an option at this time, they’ll back Parliament’s bid to seize control of Brexit.