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Brexit: What next in ongoing negotiations as deadline looms ever closer

Q What happened at yesterday's meeting?

A. Following a "robust but constructive" meeting with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, the two sides agreed their teams would hold further talks to see whether it was possible to agree a way forward that could command a majority in Parliament while respecting the EU's negotiating guidelines.

Q. What happens next?

A. Mrs May travels to Dublin today for talks with Irish premier Leo Varadkar focused on the backstop, which remains the key sticking point in the negotiations. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay will then meet the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday to open discussions on possible solutions to end the impasse.

The Prime Minister and Mr Juncker have also agreed to meet again before the end of the month to take stock of the situation.

Q. What about Parliament?

A. The Prime Minister is expected to make a statement to MPs on Wednesday setting out the latest situation. Then on Thursday there will be another debate on a "neutral" motion, with an opportunity for MPs to put down amendments which can then be voted on.

Q. After that?

A. Focus may shift to an EU-Arab League summit on February 24 and 25 in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh. If Mrs May is to get the legally binding changes she wants, it will require the unanimous support of the other 27 leaders - and this is the next occasion on which they are scheduled to meet together under the same roof. After the Commons defeated her original Brexit plan last month, Mrs May is also required to stage a further "meaningful vote" but reports suggest she will wait to the end of the month.

In the meantime, the clock ticks towards March 29 - the day Mrs May says Britain will finally leave the European Union.

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