Britain's plan for a temporary customs "backstop" to solve the Irish border issue is "not acceptable" and any fall-back option cannot be time-limited, the European Parliament's chief Brexit co-ordinator has told MPs.
THERESA May has seen off a potential defeat over her flagship Brexit bill, after last-minute concessions which could give MPs a bigger say on the final withdrawal agreement and make a "no-deal" exit much less likely.
Britain's latest Brexit backstop proposals received a frosty reception in Brussels, with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier raising objections to her plan for a time-limited customs arrangements covering the whole UK.
Shaun Connolly and Gavin Cordon, Press Association Political Staff
British ministers have agreed any "backstop" arrangement to prevent the return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit should not continue for more than a year after the end of the transition period.