'Imperative' UK government strikes new EU Brexit deal by June

Cheryl Sanders
May 15, 2019

A government spokesperson said May will put forward a Withdrawal Agreement Bill, making Brexit law in the United Kingdom, in the week of June 3, before the summer parliamentary recess in July.

A spokesman said: "This evening the Prime Minister met the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons to make clear our determination to bring the talks to a conclusion and deliver on the referendum result to leave the EU".

The House of Commons has rejected May's divorce deal three times but has, as yet, been unable to agree on an alternative path.

By restarting the process to get parliamentary approval for a deal she agreed with the European Union in November, May is also trying to signal to her own party that she will honor her promise to step down as leader when the agreement is passed.

After a marathon Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, ministers agreed to continue the cross-party efforts but stressed it was "imperative" for a Brexit deal to get through Parliament by the summer recess.

After twice delaying Brexit, Britain is reluctantly taking part in European Parliament elections on 23 May, nearly three years after the referendum vote to leave the bloc.

No date has been set for the summer recess, but Parliament usually rises near the end of July.

Mrs May has so far held back from introducing the Withdrawal Agreement Bill as she sought agreement from Labour that it would not vote it down.

"She has at the same time said she would step aside once she has completed phase one".

May reached out to the opposition Labour party last month to overcome deadlock in Parliament after some members of her Conservative party rejected her Brexit plan.

But her ministers discussed at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday "the compromises the government was prepared to consider" and agreed to keep talking, May's spokesman said.

The Prime Minister will tell Conservative chiefs on Thursday that she intends to leave office by late July if she has delivered Brexit.

It read: "We believe that a customs union-based deal with Labour will very likely lose the support of Conservative MPs, like us, who backed the Withdrawal Agreement in March (in many cases very reluctantly), and you would be unlikely to gain as many Labour MPs to compensate".

British PM Theresa May will have to get a Brexit deal through parliament before the summer break.

"You would have lost the loyal middle of the Conservative Party, split our party and with likely nothing to show for it", the letter said.

The conversations with Labour had been "difficult", the spokesman said, but ministers were "determined to find a way through" the Brexit impasse.

In a discussion that lasted more than two hours, cabinet ministers debated the UK's post-Brexit customs relationship with the European Union, as well the possibility of asking MPs to vote on a range of negotiating goals.

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