UK press: Europe hints at backstop vow to get May’s Brexit deal through Commons vote
The UK Times with a report (gated) on machinations coming out of the EU
- Cabinet ministers have been told that EU countries are likely to provide assurances to Theresa May over her Brexit deal, but these have been referred to as "operation figleaf" by Whitehall officials.
- Downing Street hopes that the clarifications from the EU over the Northern Ireland backstop will come in the week before a vote on her withdrawal agreement, which will be either on January 15 or 16.
- These could include a promise that the EU does not want to keep Britain in the backstop permanently and that it is "not the desired outcome" or that it will be "only for a short period".
Times is gated, but if oyu can access it, link here