The promise of Theresa May to reach a bipartisan consensus to solve the Brexit crisis seems to have disappeared as no further talks were planned.
Downing Street said the prime minister would instead meet with "a large number" of their cabinet, both in small groups and in one-to-one talks.
There are also "no plans" for high-ranking Cabinet members Michael Gove and David Lidington - who have met with senior backers from other parties - to hold talks, a spokeswoman said.
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Asked about the focus of the prime minister, she added, "Today is about discussing this week with your cabinet colleagues."
The impasse came after Opposition MPs, who emerged from earlier talks, had suggested that ministers had shown no willingness to compromise on the red lines of Brexit.
And it increases the likelihood that Ms. May, when she submits her "Plan B" to the commons on Monday, will only be a holding statement - not including the proposed changes to her deal.
Crucially, the message can then be changed - by proponents of a Final Say referendum or a gentler "Norway Plus" exit, or to try to block the risk of a no-deal Brexit.
The Prime Minister spoke with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and Mark Rutte, the Dutch Prime Minister - although there was no date for an official resumption of negotiations with the EU.
The spokeswoman said, "This is just part of her ongoing commitment with European leaders, and you can expect her to continue this commitment throughout the weekend."
And asked if Ms. May ruled out a quick general election - after a report that officials were asked to make contingency plans - she replied, "Yes."
Pro-Brexit-Tories have been all the happier in the discussions that have taken place so far, as the Prime Minister is convinced that a customs union, an enlargement under Article 50 or a new referendum will be ruled out.
The cabinet talks are likely to confirm that there is a deep split between some members calling for a compromise, while others say May may have to continue fighting to say goodbye to their deal for a second vote.
Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Minister, increased the pressure by demanding a tougher commitment to break out of the EU if this was not necessary.
"Only if #nodealis better than a bad deal," the EU believes we will maximize our chance of a deal, she tweeted.
And Arlene Foster, leader of the party of the Democratic Unionist Party, rejected a claim that she was prepared to accept a softer Brexit, provided that Northern Ireland is not treated differently.
"The prime minister has a clear position regarding our position. We were consistent that it is the backstop for us to deal with, "she said.
Although Ms May's motion can be changed, this can not be done before a debate on 29 January - and could show that there is no majority for an alternative approach.
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