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DUP unlikely to back May’s Brexit deal before EU meeting

PM had hoped to win unionist party’s support before Thursday

The Democratic Unionist party is unlikely to strike an agreement with Theresa May’s government to support the current withdrawal deal before Thursday’s crunch meeting with EU leaders, sources said on Monday.

With 11 days before the UK is due to leave the EU, the prime minister has been trying to convince the pro-Brexit party’s 10 MPs, who prop up her minority government, to back the Brexit deal she has agreed with the European Union.

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Hundreds of Scottish police on standby for Brexit fallout

Plans include 360 extra officers ready to step in if civil unrest or logistical issues arise

Police in Scotland will be ready to respond to any emergencies during an “unprecedented set of circumstances” after Brexit, a senior officer has said, with hundreds of officers ready to step in should protests or logistical issues arise.

Assistant chief constable Steve Johnson, Police Scotland’s EU exit tactical commander, said the force would be prepared to handle a range of potential challenges presented within the coming months.

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EU could hand May lifeline with formal offer of new Brexit date

Move might convince Commons Speaker John Bercow that deal before MPs has changed

The EU is set to offer Theresa May a helping hand after her plan for a new meaningful vote was derailed, by formally agreeing on a new delayed Brexit date at this week’s summit and keeping it on offer until shortly before midnight on 29 March.

A change of the UK’s departure date in the draft withdrawal agreement – potentially from 29 March until three months later on 1 July – might convince the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, that the deal before parliament has changed, sources in Brussels suggested.

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Global stock markets gain as investors predict cautious Federal Reserve – as it happened

Central banks in spotlight amid Brexit uncertainty and growth concerns

A placid day on global stock markets has been enlivened by a series of big-money corporate announcements.

Shares in Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have both risen after they finally confirmed that merger talks are going on. There is still a long way to go politically and financially before any deal is finalised, but the German government will be hoping that it can spur the creation of national champion after a decade of malaise for the country’s banking sector.

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Sterling has come under some more pressure this afternoon, with little sign of the breakthrough needed in the Brexit vote to get a deal through parliament.

The pound is now down by 0.6% against the euro and 0.4% against the US dollar (see chart).

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Farage’s Brexit march: the theatre of the absurd meets storm-hit Minion | Hannah Jane Parkinson

Storm Hannah gave the March to Leave protest the vibe of a Duke of Edinburgh award for seniors. You couldn’t make it up

How was your weekend? I am hoping that you had a good one. But if you didn’t, console yourself that it cannot have been as grim as the leave voters who were walking from Sunderland in the driving rain, the churning wind and the sea spitting in their cliffside faces. To wit:

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May will scrap third vote on Brexit deal unless it has ‘realistic’ chance

If deal does not pass this week, May will ask EU for long delay to article 50

Theresa May will pull the third vote on her Brexit deal if it has no “realistic prospect” of success and will move on to asking Brussels for a long delay to article 50 on Thursday, Downing Street has said.

No 10 suggested the prime minister still wanted parliament to have another vote on her deal on Tuesday or Wednesday, but it would go ahead only if she believed the Democratic Unionist party and more Conservative MPs were on board.

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The ERG tribes Theresa May must win over to pass her Brexit deal

Even if she gets her plan past the DUP, the prime minister must persuade distinct sub-groups within the Tory faction

While much focus is currently on whether Democratic Unionist MPs will change their minds and vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal, even if they do this the prime minister faces an arguably bigger challenge to get her plan through the Commons: the European Research Group.

Chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg, the ERG brings together many strongly pro-Brexit Conservative MPs, the great majority of whom have, so far, voted against her deal.

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