BREXIT LIVE: EU summons ALL 27 ambassadors as ‘May CANCELS Sunday meeting‘ – EXIT ON BRINK

EU ambassadors will be meeting in Brussels for desperate talks (Image: GETTY )

This comes as Jacob Rees-Mogg said Tory MPs should not cave into any deal brought forward by Theresa May but they should hold out for a better Brexit deal next week. The chairman of the European Research Group urged MPs to stand firm and not be pushed into voting for a softer deal at a time when the Prime Minister has failed to win concessions from Brussels on the Irish backstop. He said “steady, boys, steady”, telling us ’s Chopper’s Brexit Podcast: “People must hold their nerve. It is a very important period. We will in three weeks from the date of broadcast be leaving the European Union, which will be a great relief and joy and benefit to the nation. Between now and then the Remainers will do everything they can to try and frustrate it. We must remain steady. Steady, boys, steady.”

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The MP said there should not be a “purge” against the Tory MPs who want to keep the UK close to the EU after Brexit.

This comes as Theresa May is being warned by Remainers she must hold votes on alternatives to her deal if it is defeated a second time.

Remained MPs, including Amber Rudd, Philip Hammond and David Gauke are among those urging Mrs May to committing herself to “indicative vote” to see if there is a parliamentary majority for any other Brexit outcome.

Mrs May is concerned that these votes could lead to a soft Brexit that does not honour the result of the referendum.

A timeline of what could happen after the Brexit vote (Image: EXPRESS)

Mrs May will today appeal to the EU to bend after UK negotiators hit a brick wall as they tried to secure concessions on the Irish backstop.

In a speech today in Grimsby, Mrs May will say: “We are both participants in this process.

“The decisions that the EU makes over the next few days will have a big impact on the outcome of the vote.”

Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer has said it was now “clear” that Mrs May “will not be able to deliver the changes she promised to her failed Brexit deal”.

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11:31am update: Theresa May cancels trip to Brussels scheduled for this weekend

Theresa May‘s trip to Brussels has been cancelled at the same time as the EU has called all 27 EU ambassadors to Brussels for further Brexit talks. 

The Prime Minister must have a new deal by Monday morning if MPs are able to vote on it on Tuesday. 

10:41am update: Prime Minister tells Grimsby ahead of speech – ‘I know you’re fed up with Brexit’

Mrs May said to the Brexit voters in Grimsby: “In the Summer of 2016, people in Grimsby voted for change.

“You voted to leave the European Union and take back control of our borders, laws, money and trade.

“You voted to leave the Common Fisheries Policy which has failed this famous fishing town, like so many of Britain’s coastal communities. And you voted for real improvements in your local area, as part of a country that truly works for everyone.

“Almost three years on, I know many of you are fed up that instead of delivering this mandate for change, Parliament remains deadlocked debating it. I share that frustration.”

Daily Telegraph’s political correspondant Jack Maidment tweeted: “On my way to Grimsby for Theresa May’s big Brexit speech.

“Based on what she is expected to say, it’ll be a stark warning to the EU that she is ready to start the blame game if they don’t cave on the backstop.”

10:28am update: Businesses slow down on recruitment as businesses curb hiring permanent staff due to Brexit

A survey or recruiters has revealed employers have held off from hiring permanent staff in February showing nerves in the labour market.

Several business leaders have voiced alarm at the prospect of leaving the bloc’s single market.

9:40am update: Poll revealed Northern Ireland voters want softest possible Brexit

A poll for the Irish Times has claimed that voters in Northern Ireland want the softest Brexit possible and would prefer checks on goods travelling between Great Britain and Northern Ireland rather than any Irish border checks.

According to the poll, 67 percent of people support a Brexit were the UK remains in the EU’s single market and customs union and avoids the need for checks anywhere.

The poll also revealed that Northern Irish voters are unhappy with how the UK government has managed Brexit.

The poll was conducted in Northern Ireland through face-face interviews among a quota of 536 people between March 4,5 and 6.

Rees-Mogg has urged the nation to remain ‘steady‘ and not panic about a Brexit deal (Image: GETTY )

Speaking on the Radio 4 Today programme, Mr Hunt said if the negotiations “ends in acrimony”, future generations will say the EU got this moment wrong and “I really hope they don’t”.

The Foreign Secretary said: “This is a moment of change in our relationship between the UK and the EU and history will judge both sides very badly if we get this wrong.

“We want to remain the best of friends with the EU. That means getting this agreement through in a way that doesn‘t inject poison into our relations for many years to come. That‘s what the UK has said we want to do, it‘s what most people in the UK want and feel very strongly about.

“But it does need the EU also to be flexible in these negotiations and understand that we now have a very, very clear ask. We know what it would take to get a deal through the House of Commons, and that is for a significant change to allow the Attorney General to change his advice to the Government and say we couldn‘t be trapped in a customs union forever.”

8:56am update: Tory party chairman says ‘we can still make significant changes’ to EU deal

Conservative Party deputy chairman James Cleverly told Radio 4‘s Today: “This is how negotiations work. The whole point is there is give and take on both sides and as you come to the final point of a negotiation of this magnitude it gets most intense, it gets most difficult, it gets most challenging.

“This is where we are. This is where we were always going to end up.

“I think we are getting close to the point where modest but significant changes can unlock this.”

Mr Cleverly urged Tory MPs to focus on achieving the control over money, borders and laws that Brexiteers campaigned for in 2016, saying: “These are serious times and I think people have to focus on what they really value. These things are deliverable and they are deliverable quickly if we focus.”

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