Theresa May in cross-party talks to find way forward on Brexit

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May is expected to come back to parliament on Monday with a "Plan B" option and has been speaking with opposition parties about potential paths forward.

Instead, May will be focusing on the political crisis at home after a week in which her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement was overwhelming rejected by British lawmakers and she narrowly survived a vote of no-confidence launched by the opposition Labour party.

May was responding to a letter from opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn asking her to exclude crashing out of the European Union as a precondition for talks about Brexit compromise proposals.

LONDON-Prime Minister Theresa May will try on January 17, to break the impasse in Britain's political elite over how to leave the European Union by searching for an emergency exit deal, though there is so far little sign of compromise.

Theresa May pictured at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos.

Meanwhile, leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage urged Leave campaigners to prepare for the event of a second referendum as Britain's deadlock continues.

However, only 28% want to stop Brexit, 8% want another referendum, 15% think the country should have accepted the just-defeated deal, 9% want to reopen negotiations with the European Union, and 22% are happy to leave without a deal.

The order will take effect from February 10 and is to remain in place until February 9 next year, with reserve forces "on standby to deliver a range of defence outputs", as well as supporting "the implementation of contingency plans developed by other Government departments". Don't think the other side aren't prepared.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier indicated that Brussels was ready to respond to any revision of Mrs May's "red line" demands, telling MPs in Portugal: "If they change, we'll change". "She stands by those principles".

He specifically mentioned maintaining a customs union with the EU that some businesses favour but May rejects because it limits Britain's ability to strike its own trade deals.

Estimates of up to 40% of Labour voters in 2017 supported Leave.

From Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel to Scottish whisky distillers, firms have called for urgent and decisive government action and warned of the consequences of a no-deal Brexit.

British media reported that Corbyn was also asking party members not to engage with May's ministers as they hold separate lower-level talks across party lines.

Up to now Brexit has not affected the commitment of British investors in Spain but it remains to be seen what happens after the setback at the Parliament and now that the divorce date is getting closer.

However, the leader of the United Kingdom opposition Liberal Democrats party rejected these claims.

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