'Mrs May confirmed this afternoon tomorrow's vote would be delayed while she continued talks with Brussels. She told the House of Commons: "I am clear from what I have heard in this place and from my own conversations that these elements do not offer a sufficient number of colleagues the reassurance that they need. I spoke to a number of EU leaders over the weekend and in advance of the European Council I will go to see my counterparts in other member states and the leadership of the Council and the Commission. I will discuss with them the clear concerns that this House has expressed.
"I listened very carefully to what is being said in this chamber and out of it. It is clear that while her is broad support for many key aspects of deal, on one issue - the NI backstop - there remains widespread and deep concern. If we went ahead and held the vote, the deal would be rejected by a significant margin. We will defer the vote."
She also said: "There are some inescapable facts. The fact Northern ireland shares a land border with another sovereign state. The fact the hardware peace that has been built in Northern Ireland over the past two decades has been built over a seamless border.
"The challenge this poses must be met. Not with rhetoric but with real and workable solutions. Businesses operate across this border. People cross it every day. They do not want their everyday lives to be effected by the decision. They do not want a hard border."'
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