After battle with MPs, British PM seeks Brexit deal Sep 11, 2019 0 208 12345 AFPLondonBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted on Tuesday he was working hard to strike a divorce deal with the EU, after he suspended parliament following a series of bruising defeats by MPs over his Brexit plan.The day after meeting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Johnson held talks with his Northern Irish allies in London -- all key players in the race to secure a deal before Britain leaves the European Union on October 31.Johnson has faced huge opposition in the House of Commons to his threat to leave the bloc without agreeing exit terms with Brussels but lawmakers have also rejected his call for an early general election to resolve the impasse.Before he suspended parliament early Tuesday, MPs rushed through legislation requiring Johnson to postpone Brexit by three months if he fails to secure a deal at an EU summit on October 17-18.“We’re working very hard to get a deal. I think we will get a deal but if absolutely necessary we will come out with no deal,” Johnson said during a school visit on Tuesday.He has previously said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than delay Brexit.The Conservative leader took office in July promising to renegotiate the exit terms struck by his predecessor, Theresa May, which were rejected three times by MPs.But the EU has so far refused, and accused London of failing to come up with any viable alternatives to the most controversial element, the so-called backstop plan to keep open the UK’s border with the Republic of Ireland.Johnson met Tuesday with Arlene Foster, the leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which has propped up his government.There is speculation that Johnson could be softening his demand to remove the backstop from the Brexit deal, although Downing Street denies this -- and the DUP would likely resist such a move.It fears that efforts to keep open the land frontier between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic to protect the peace process, could lead to a new sea border between Northern Ireland and the British mainland. RELATED ARTICLES Ms Monopoly board game sees women players get paid more Sep 11, 2019 0 686 Trump fires hawkish national security advisor John Bolton Sep 11, 2019 0 551 New Sweden minister presses ‘feminist foreign policy’ Sep 11, 2019 0 232 Ukrainian lawmakers passes bill on presidential impeachment Kiev: Ukrainian lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill detailing procedures for a presidential impeachment, fulfilling a campaign pledge by the new leader, Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky, a 41-year-old comedian who came .. Michael Jordan pledges $1 million to Dorian relief in Bahamas Nassau: Michael Jordan pledged $1 million Tuesday to the Hurricane Dorian relief effort in the Bahamas. The Charlotte Hornets owner and NBA Hall of Fame member owns property there and is a frequent visitor to the area that .. US EPA chief seeks to reduce agency-funded animal testing REUTERS WASHINGTON US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Tuesday he was signing a memo to reduce agency-funded animal testing, vowing to almost completely end the practice by 2035. .. Outcry over EU ‘way of life’ migration portfolio AFP Brussels An EU Commission proposal to brand its powerful migration portfolio as “protecting the European way of life” sparked outrage from European lawmakers on Tuesday who called it a worrying use of far-right .. British lawmakers launch new group to try to secure Brexit deal LONDON: Several British lawmakers launched a new group on Tuesday to bolster efforts to secure a deal to leave the European Union, hoping to persuade parliament finally to pass an agreement based on one it rejected three ..