Brexit crunch looms for PM May as European Union talks stall

Cheryl Sanders
March 14, 2019

The Daily Mirror instead described the Prime Minister's trip to Brussels on Monday night as a desperate and "theatrical" bid to convince her MPs to back her "bad deal".

Mr Hunt said there was now "wind in the sails" of the opponents of Brexit and that it would be "devastating" for the Conservatives if they failed to deliver on their commitment to take Britain out of the EU. It is the main sticking point for the majority of British lawmakers.

If the vote is passed United Kingdom politicians will tomorrow be asked to vote on extending Article 50, which if carried would mean the United Kingdom would not leave the European Union on the proposed date of March 29th.

"With only 17 days left to March 29, today's vote has significantly increased the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit".

If May's deal is rejected, the government has promised to give lawmakers the chance to show they want to pursue leaving the European Union without a formal deal. Another Brexiteer, Owen Paterson, tweeted that Cox's opinion made it "brutally clear" that nothing had changed.

Sterling, which has see-sawed on Brexit news, jumped 0.8 percent to $1.3250 in Asian trade and rallied to the strongest against the euro since mid-2017.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the pro-Brexit Tory European Research Group, told the Times it "would not be a foolish way to proceed".

"It does not reopen the withdrawal agreement, or undermine the backstop or its application".

Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar echoed the assurances of Juncker, saying the legal assurances provided were "additional" and do not call into question the principle of the backstop until a better arrangement can be forged. "There is no alternative". Labour Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer expressed skepticism about whether May had won substantive concessions.

On the eve of Tuesday's vote, May flew to the French city of Strasbourg, where EU legislators were meeting, for nighttime talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Parliament rejected May's deal by 230 votes on January 15, prompting her to return to Brussels in search of changes to address the so-called Irish backstop - an insurance policy created to prevent the return of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The joint UK-EU statement in the non-binding political declaration commits both sides to develop new technologies at the border to replace the need for the backstop by December 2020.

Britain has been plunged into crisis as a result of the second rejection of Mrs May's deal, which MPs voted against 391 votes to 242, The Times says. The U.K. said it will "not introduce any new checks or controls on goods" moving between these two countries.

British parliament will vote whether the country needs more time for an orderly exit.

Britain s House of Commons overwhelmingly defeated the deal in January and was expected to do so again on Tuesday without meaningful change.

"It is not, these doubts and fears can be put to bed", he said. "The PM and negotiating teams are focused on making progress so we can secure parliament's support for the deal".

"In politics, sometimes you get a second chance".

"The choice is this deal or Brexit might not happen at all", he said.

The House of Commons is due to vote later on whether they want to leave on March 29th without an agreement after the defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May's plan last night.

The so-called "meaningful vote" on May's Brexit deal is set for Tuesday but with no changes agreed on both sides to the controversial Irish backstop clause to make the deal more acceptable to British MPs, the United Kingdom government seems to be on course for a repeat of January's historic Commons defeat.

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