May's hopes rise as senior Tory MPs soften stand on Brexit deal

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'My conversations with senior diplomats and politicians from across Europe have given me cause for optimism that a breakthrough is near, ' he added.

"The possibility that monetary tightening might be needed in the future does not necessarily mean we need to tighten now", Saunders said in a speech at Imperial College in London.

Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29.

Parliament rejected May's deal in January, largely because of concerns about the so-called backstop, which is created to prevent the need for physical border checks along the Irish border if negotiators fail to agree on a free-trade deal.

May has ruled out any such union which would be an anathema to eurosceptic MPs in her Conservative Party, although the idea has the support of some pro-EU Conservatives and the Labour Party.

Prime Minister Theresa May agreed the withdrawal agreement in November, but the British parliament overwhelmingly voted it down in January and MPs continue to challenge it. Barnier met on Tuesday with United Kingdom attorney general Geoffrey Cox and Brexit minister Stephen Barclay over dinner in the Belgian capital.

The European Research Group, a group of Tory Eurosceptics led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, has agreed that a group of eight lawyers, seven of them MPs, will scrutinise and pass judgment on the final compromise offered by the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox. "But from day one we have been very straight about a few things and among those is that Brexit can not lead, under any circumstances, to the emergence of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland".

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Dr Fox told the Commons International Trade Committee that no-deal was "hugely sub-optimal, compared to getting a deal", but when asked whether the Government would back no-deal in the vote scheduled for the following day if the agreement fails, he said: "Potentially all things are possible". Her first deal was roundly rejected on January 15.

Voters will not be deceived, especially those in areas where they voted for the Brexit, but who want a second referendum now because they know that any withdrawal will affect their future, Soubry noted. And there are a variety of views within the ERG itself, with some leading figures taking a more hardline approach than others.

"We have been forced into this by Theresa May delaying, running down the clock", John McDonnell told Sky News, saying Labour is still pushing to get its alternative Brexit plan adopted.

But EU leaders have also mooted a longer delay, even though that would risk interfering with European Parliament elections due in May.

Labour - which has gone further than May by saying it would automatically keep pace with new European Union laws on workers' rights - described the government's offer as a "pathetic bribe".

"Investment in skills and training is always welcome but we need to go behind this new fund and see it for what it is - a desperate measure to buy votes", said Anna Soubry, who defected from Mrs May's Conservative Party in February to join the new Independent Group of MPs.

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