New Brexit vote to be held in Parliament before January 21

Cheryl Sanders
December 11, 2018

'The government will ensure that the matter is brought back to the Commons before 21 January, ' he said.

Mr Juncker told MEPs the agreement was the "best deal possible" and the "only deal possible".

The Prime Minister will also meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday in her bid to gain reassurances on the exit deal from European leaders ahead of a crunch EU summit on Thursday, after leaving Westminster in turmoil.

But although the Prime Minister has bought herself some time, MPs of all parties are not convinced she will be able to win significant concessions on her European travels.

Mrs May has left the country at a time when the threats to her position are at the highest level yet - with more Conservative MPs sending no-confidence letters, and Remainers plotting to force a second referendum.

Mrs May told the Dutch PM that "additional assurances" would be needed on the backstop arrangement to keep the Irish border open after Brexit if the deal was to get through Parliament.

Instead of holding the vote she looked sure to be defeated on, Mrs May has travelled to key European capitals to try and win concessions on the controversial backstop proposal that could win around rebel Tory MPs.

She will then travel on to Brussels, where she is due to meet European Council president Donald Tusk at around 4pm and Mr Juncker at 6.15pm, United Kingdom time.

McDonnell earlier quoted the Federation of Small Businesses - which had called for greater clarity over Brexit - and said the "economic warning signs are now flashing red" before urging Hammond to persuade May not to delay a decision on her deal any further.

Leading Conservative Brexiteer Steve Baker suggested that that PM had a "duty" to stand down in order for a new leader to deliver European Union withdrawal.

Asked if the PM continued to have full confidence in chief whip Julian Smith, the spokesman replied: "Yes".

He confirmed he would meet Mrs May on Tuesday evening but reiterated: "The deal we have achieved is the best deal possible - it is the only deal possible". It will be immediately followed by a business statement from the leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom.

And in a further blow to Mrs May, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar ruled out reopening talks around the backstop, saying it was not possible to reopen any aspect of the Withdrawal Agreement without reopening all of it.

"This will not happen: everyone has to note that the Withdrawal Agreement will not be reopened".

"So there are plenty of options for the PM to talk to the European Union about that don't involve reopening the Withdrawal Agreement, but that would provide the legal text as a part of the Withdrawal Agreement, through perhaps an addendum".

He said the prime minister should have "have gone back to Brussels to renegotiate or called an election" when it became clear she would not get her deal through Parliament.

SNP leader and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted to Jeremy Corbyn: "If Labour, as official opposition, lodges motion of no confidence in this incompetent government tomorrow, @theSNP will support & we can then work together to give people the chance to stop Brexit in another vote".

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