United Kingdom government begins 'serious work' on United Kingdom staying in EU customs union

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for a Sunday church service in Maidenhead, England, on February 3, 2019.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will seek a "pragmatic" Brexit deal that can win over both the European Union and her own MPs when she returns to Brussels for talks. "We need to be prepared, so we are ready if the politics moves in that direction", the newspaper quoted the source as saying. The EU has said the deal can not be renegotiated.

While German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas would like to see an "exit from Brexit" - Britain abandoning its plan to leave the European Union - he said in a newspaper interview on Sunday that he saw such an outcome as extremely unlikely.

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.

UK MPs last week backed a call for May to return to Brussels to secure a new Brexit deal that puts "alternative arrangements" in place of the controversial backstop - a kind of insurance policy created to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said that a deal can be agreed if the "toxicity" of the backstop is dealt with.

With less than two months to go until it automatically leaves the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May's government has yet to agree an exit agreement or a position on its desired future relationship with the soon-to-be 27-member EU.

Earlier this week foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt suggested the government may need "extra time" to get the "critical legislation" required for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union through parliament.

A disaffected group of Labour MPs are on the verge of quitting their party after losing faith in Jeremy Corbyn's leadership and his stance on Brexit, it has been reported.

But Downing Street denied reports in the Mail on Sunday that Mrs May's team are planning for a general election on June 6 - the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

"I think we really need to focus on trying to get a deal".

Writing in the Sunday Times, Mr Coveney added: "The EU will not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement and there will be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop".

"That's what I'd like the most", he said.

"There is a deal on the table, and walking away from it will have serious consequences for us all".

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