Britain will not accept Brexit deal that puts union at risk: Lewis

Andrew Cummings
March 10, 2019

But despite the war of words, both sides say talks are continuing over the weekend, just days before May will face parliament once again after resoundingly losing the first vote in parliament on January 15.

Just 19 days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29, May is scrambling - so far unsuccessfully - to secure last-minute changes to an European Union exit treaty before parliament votes on Tuesday on whether to approve the deal.

The first vote was overwhelming defeated in January, and since then the prime minister has spent every available moment trying to renegotiate with the European Union and spruiking her deal to her party and the opposition.

However, Northern Ireland would remain in the EU's trade orbit to prevent the need for any customs checks on the border with EU-member Ireland.

In an interview with the Financial Times, he urged Tory MPs to back the Withdrawal Agreement anyway, saying it would enable him to start spending the "insurance fund" built up in case of a no-deal break.

"Reject it and no-one knows what will happen", she said.

That requirement has been rejected previously by London and would be particularly unpalatable to Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up Mrs May's Government in Parliament and opposes any proposals for Northern Ireland to have different rules from the rest of the United Kingdom.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said they would be "working intensively" in the coming days to resolve the impasse over the Northern Ireland backstop ahead of Tuesday's crunch vote by MPs.

Former Brexit secretary David Davis, who voted against the deal in January, also told the BBC that a pledge to stand down "won't get the vote through".

With no changes to offer Parliament, Mrs May looks set to lose her second attempt to get approval of her deal and smooth Britain's exit from the European Union, the country's biggest shift in trade and foreign policy in more than 40 years.

"With a very real deadline looming, now is not the time to rerun old..."

"He has put forward constructive additions, now we wait for a credible response from the United Kingdom to ensure an orderly Brexit", he said on Saturday.

"This is neither a realistic nor sensible proposal from Michel Barnier. We now need to agree on a balanced solution that can work for both sides", he tweeted recently. "In everything that followed there would be total uncertainty - that would be the only certainty", Hancock told Sky News.

Since that defeat, May has been trying to get changes to the Irish border backstop but there's no sign of a breakthrough in the increasingly acrimonious negotiations in Brussels.

His concerns were echoed by Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, who said not delivering on Brexit would be "devastating" for the Conservative party.

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