British lawmakers on Tuesday instructed Prime Minister Theresa May to reopen a Brexit treaty with the European Union to replace a controversial Irish border arrangement - the backstop - but promptly received a flat rejection from Brussels.
The Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and Britain remains the best and only deal possible and will not be renegotiated, said Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, at the European Parliament's plenary session debate on Wednesday.
"We can't know at this stage exactly which of those scenarios would happen".
On Tuesday night, the U.K. Parliament voted to try to reopen the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
Savid Javid, one of the most senior ministers in Theresa May's government has reportedly said Brexit day - legally set at the 29th of March 2019 - will likely be delayed, and is said to be questioning the wisdom of the Prime Minister still advocating the promised date in public, according to claims published by the Daily Telegraph.
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay gave a guarantee to MPs the vote would be held next week, while a government source revealed the parliamentary showdown will come on 15 January. The proposal would see the Connecting Europe Facility adapted to ensure Member States' ports can still like to Ireland; and to provide financial support for border security.
She said: "This is about protecting a peace process".
Brexiteer MPs backed the PM's pledge to rewrite the deal she thrashed out with the European Union in a last-ditch bid to get it over the line.
"We have engaged on an individual basis with many of these business customers in recent months to help them plan", Kingston said.More news: Temperatures hit -15.4C as heavy snow hits the UK
A Downing Street spokesman said: "Brady sets out a commitment to avoid a hard border and gives scope for a new discussion with the European Union about how best to achieve that".
Elsewhere, European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee has reiterated Dublin's opposition to British prime minister Theresa May's wish to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement to look for alternatives to the backstop.
"And when I say I'm going to be focused over the next few weeks until the meaningful vote in parliament at getting that vote through, yes I will". In the event of a no-deal Brexit the cost of EU-made cars would go up, Hawes said, though Britons would be unlikely to abandon brands such as BMW AG and Volkswagen AG.
Some of the sharpest opposition to her plan comes from the country which would be most affected, Ireland, which, as NPR's Frank Langfitt reports, is in a very hard position.
May's spokesman said she backed an amendment that called for the removal of a controversial "backstop" arrangement in her deal to keep open the border with Ireland after Brexit, in favor of "alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border".
May said on Tuesday that if she had no new deal to put to MPs before Feb 13, then they would be able to vote on the next steps on Feb 14.
And Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar insisted "renegotiation is not on the table".
Sterling fell late on Tuesday after Britain's parliament rejected a proposal to give parliament a path to prevent a no-deal Brexit, but accepted two amendments - one seeking to replace the Irish backstop with alternative arrangements, and another rejecting the notion of a no-deal Brexit.
And BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said there had been "growing chatter" about a potential delay and a potential extension to Article 50 - the mechanism by which the United Kingdom leaves the EU.