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Brexit: UK and EU backstop talks to resume

Ministers will resume efforts later to secure legally-binding changes to Theresa May's Brexit deal that might get MPs' backing in a week's time.Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox will meet EU officials in Brussels in search of guarantees over the backstop plan to avoid border checks in Ireland. Mr Cox has refuted reports he has given up on securing a firm end date or means of exit to ensure the UK is not stuck.MPs will vote on the deal by 12 March.The UK is currently scheduled to leave the European Union on 29 March.If MPs reject the withdrawal agreement for a second time, they will have the opportunity to vote on whether to go ahead in just over three weeks' time without any kind of negotiated deal. ...