Merkel also stressed to May that any agreements on Brexit could only be struck with the EU, not bilaterally with member states (Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images).


PRIME MINISTER Theresa May will let MPs vote on her Brexit deal before January 21, her spokesman said on Tuesday (11), after the initial vote was pulled the previous day due to lack of support.

“The government will ensure the matter is brought back to the Commons before January 21,” May’s spokes man said.

The announcement was made as May embarked on a tour of European capitals in a bid to salvage her Brexit deal, a day after delaying a parliamentary vote on the text to avoid a crushing defeat.

“We want to ensure we work as quickly as possible to resolve this. What we will be guided by is getting the reassurances the house needs,” the spokesman said.

He added May’s meeting with the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, was “productive” and the pair had agreed to “work together to find a way through”.

However, German chancellor Angela Merkel said after a meeting with May that she saw no possibility of reopening the Brexit agreement.

Merkel told lawmakers of her CDU/CSU bloc that she saw “no way to change” the deal reached on November 25 between Britain and the remaining EU members.

Merkel also stressed to May that any agreements on Brexit could only be struck with the EU, not bilaterally with member states.

The British leader also met with European commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

She was said to be seeking “reassurances” over provisions in the EU withdrawal agreement concerning Northern Ireland, which she hopes would persuade rebellious Tory MPs to support it.