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BRUSSELS BELGIUM- NOVEMBER 25 President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk arrive to speak at a press conference after attending a special session of the European Council over Brexit on Novembe

Prime Minister Theresa May said she found "a shared determination" among some European leaders Tuesday to persuade the British Parliament to accept a proposed Brexit deal, but her continental counterparts insisted any room for revisions was small.

EU leaders have insisted that the backstop can not be taken out of the deal, but May is sure to seek flexibility on this from her European partners.

"We will not revise the agreement, including the protective agreement (with respect to the border of Ireland - ed.) but we are ready to discuss how to facilitate the ratification in the UK".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a stark message for Theresa May on Tuesday: The Brexit deal can not be renegotiated.

Mrs May's move to abandon a crunch Commons vote, scheduled for Tuesday, on her Brexit deal drew howls of condemnation from the opposition as well as a number of Tories.

The clause proposes that the whole of the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, will remain in a customs union with the EU "unless and until" the bloc agrees there is no prospect of a return to a hard border.

But EU leaders have been eager to make one thing clear: renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement is not on the table.

May plans to return to Brussels for a two-day European Council summit meeting there on Thursday and Friday.

The British Prime Minister wishes to consult with European leaders.

"It is necessary for the entire coherence of what we have agreed with Britain, and it is necessary for Ireland".

The speaker of the lower house of parliament, John Bercow, called for lawmakers to be given a vote on the decision to defer the vote on the deal itself.

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The commission chief said though that there is room for "further clarifications and further interpretations without opening the withdrawal agreement".

Summing up May's meeting with Merkel, the prime minister's official spokesman said: 'The Prime Minister set out the view of parliament that the backstop must only be temporary.

After visits to the Hague and Berlin, her final stop on Tuesday will be Brussels where she will meet European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.

But she still risks a challenge from within her own party from eurosceptics who argue her Brexit deal would leave Britain tied for years to the European Union rules. "As time is running out, we will also discuss our preparedness for a no-deal scenario".

Labour had threatened to call a confidence motion in May if she lost Tuesday's vote, but pulled this after her Northern Irish allies pledged to support her.

May added that she had spoken to "a number of European Union leaders" over the weekend in advance of a bloc meeting on Thursday.

May said the deeper question was whether parliament wanted to deliver on the people's will from the 2016 referendum, or open up divisions with another national vote.

Mr Juncker said the agreement was the "best deal possible" and the "only deal possible".

Any such undertakings would be "completely irrelevant" if they were not included in the withdrawal agreement, MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading Brexit supporter, told reporters.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged May to stand down because her government was now in "chaos".

"We view the situation with a mixture of worry and hope", one CEO said of a FTSE-listed company said on condition of anonymity.

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