Britain is due to leave the European Union on 29 March but is now on course to do so without a deal after British MPs overwhelmingly rejected the withdrawal agreement in January.
Traders backed off forecasts for a no-deal Brexit and began to expect a delay of the departure date beyond the current March 29 deadline.
Some pro-Brexit lawmakers, who fear delaying Brexit day could be used to try to stop Britain's withdrawal altogether, abstained from the vote.
A former Brexit secretary has accused the European Union of acting dishonorably in talks with the United Kingdom, arguing that it may make sense to leave the bloc with no deal and then negotiate future relations as an independent third country. Against the euro, the pound was flat at 85.72 pence.
Mr Mann last night said the scale of the package from ministers would be vital in winning the support of Labour MPs, whose backing is needed to cancel out hardline Eurosceptics who would prefer No Deal.
The former Brexit secretary also suggested a softening of the approach among Eurosceptic Tories over the controversial Irish backstop to prevent a hard border, by saying the "technical device" for making the changes they require was "second order".
"The [European] Commission has consistently made clear that rights of European Union citizens in the United Kingdom and UK nationals in the European Union are our top priority, they should not pay the price for Brexit", added Andreeva - a statement rather at odds with the Commission's refusal to countenance a reciprocal guarantee on citizens' rights regardless of the other issues the Withdrawal Agreement was supposed to resolve.
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"More than any other government department, has embraced the opportunities posed by our exit from the EU".
My call to Jeremy Corbyn is that he must give a free vote to Labour MPs in Parliament on whether there should be a second referendum.
MPs also voted by 324 votes to 288 against a Scottish National Party motion to avoid "no deal".
"Why are these Brexiteers so scared of giving the British public a say?"
The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Britain would have to have a good reason. FUW President Glyn Roberts said.
"It is high time that we can spend our energy on more positive projects and the in depth reforms Europe desperately needs".
He added: "Today, above all we need decisions, much more than extra time". Most are driven by fears of being left behind by closer European Union integration rather than inspired by Britain's break for freedom.
Dominic Raab told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think if the European Union want to extend the flexibility and pragmatism that we've shown this deal is there to be done, but of course they're trying to drag us into deep waters".