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Prime Minister Theresa May delayed a vote last week on her agreement to leave the European Union because she was set to lose in parliament and has tried to secure "assurances" from the bloc to try to better sell it to sceptical lawmakers. Brussels said last week it was ready to help but warned her that she could not renegotiate the deal.
Witnesses said the blaze broke out about 11.30am in the Monsoon Forest habitat area, with winds fanning flames in the building's inflatable roof. The zoo, which is near Chester, south of the English city of Liverpool, did not give a cause for the fire.
May had sought to persuade her 27 colleagues she could overcome huge opposition to the divorce deal among British MPs if they gave her some assurances over the thorny problem of the Irish border. But they were not convinced, and European diplomats said May had been unable to explain what she wanted or how she could deliver a British parliamentary majority to endorse the deal.
Theresa May won the secret ballot by 200 to 117 after Tory MPs voted on Wednesday. The vote had been triggered after at least 48 Tory MPs had submitted letters of no confidence in her leadership following her decision to cancel Tuesday’s crunch vote in the House of Commons on the UK’s EU withdrawal agreement, which was seen as the final straw for many rebel MPs.
The vote in the House of Commons to approve the terms of the UK's divorce from the European Union was due to be held on Tuesday evening but is now due to be rescheduled, according to the person who declined to be named. It's still possible that May's Cabinet will take a different view and push the prime minister to carry on and call the vote as planned for Tuesday evening.
The beleaguered leader's splintered government appears to be facing a heavy defeat in parliament on Tuesday on the draft withdrawal agreement she signed with Brussels last month. The text defining terms on which the island nation leaves its main trading partner after 46 years is the most important to face the House of Commons in years.
Ahead of his extradition ruling, fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya said he was willing to settle all pending dues. Asked his biggest fear about returning to India, he said, “Politically motivated lack of fair trial and the ability of politicians to create numerous new allegations that provide for pre-trial detention.”