It’s May’s deal or a long delay to Brexit, PM’s chief negotiator overheard telling colleagues in bar

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Theresa May's chief Brexit negotiator was overheard telling colleagues in a hotel bar either MPs will back May's deal – or they can expect 'extended talks' with the European Union.

Olly Robbins loudly told his companions on Monday evening Parliament could see a revised deal in March but that 'in the end they (EU) will probably just give us an extension' if it is not backed.

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Mr Robbins was overheard by ITV's Angus Walker following the meeting at the UK Ambassador's Residence between Michel Barnier and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay.

'The issue is whether Brussels is clear on the terms of extension,' he was overheard saying by Mr Walker.

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'In the end they will probably just give us an extension.'

Mr Barclay was said to have held 'constructive' talks last night with the EU's Mr Barnier in Brussels.

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After dining on pan-fried North Sea sole with Scottish scallops, the pair agreed to further meetings in the coming days, while their teams will continue to work to find a way forward.

However, Mr Barnier said: 'It's clear from our side that we are not going to reopen the withdrawal agreement but we will continue our discussion in the coming days.'

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Mr Robbins, the UK's chief Brexit negotiator had been at the talks and subsequent events, before being at the same hotel as journalist Mr Walker where others in the bar 'did not have to listen hard to hear him'.

Angus Walker wrote for ITV: 'Robbins said that, in his view, he expects the choice for MPs to be either backing May's deal or extending talks with the EU.

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'He expects MPs in March to be presented with backing a reworked Brexit deal or a potentially significant delay to Brexit, he told colleagues last night.

'This is significant. The prime minister has consistently said that we are leaving the EU on March...
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