Now May considers rewriting the Good Friday Agreement

Clay Curtis
January 21, 2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May is considering solving a Brexit deadlock by amending a 1998 agreement that ended 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland after ditching attempts to negotiate a cross-party deal, The Daily Telegraph reported late Sunday.

Starmer said there was a roadblock in the way of a solution to the Brexit crisis, "and that roadblock is the prime minister".

Theresa May is considering rewriting Northern Ireland's Good Friday agreement to get her Brexit deal passed through Parliament.

London and Brussels have spent the best part of two years working on a divorce agreement but MPs in parliament's lower House of Commons comprehensively rejected it on Tuesday.

She made it clear that the level of support "expected from Labour MPs was not deemed strong enough to pass" Brexit legislation before Britain leaves, Sky News reported.

"As I set out in Liverpool, a public vote has to be an option for Labour".

At least two cross-party groups of MPs are planning to table amendments to enable backbenchers to delay or frustrate May's proposals.

Westminster can not be allowed to hijack Brexit, says the United Kingdom's International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, in a warning to MPs who want to take more control over the country's departure from the European Union.

Labour's policy on Brexit, agreed at its party conference in Liverpool in September, is that its first preference is to secure a general election. There are few signs she plans to make radical changes.

May's Downing Street office has called them "extremely concerning".

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Britain voted with a 52 percent majority to leave the European Union in a 2016 referendum that exposed deep divisions across the country which persist nearly three years on.

'Parliament has not got the right to hijack the Brexit process because Parliament said to the people of this country "We make a contract with you, you will make the decision and we will honour it"'.

May should therefore "go around" lawmakers in her party who say they are ready to accept a no-deal Brexit and drop her opposition to key issues in the negotiations, said Major, who also faced a revolt inside the Conservative Party over Europe.

Aides believe that would help win over Conservative eurosceptics on her backbenches, and the party's Democratic Unionist Party allies - counted upon for a majority.

He said: "One thing is certain: a hard, disorderly Brexit would harm us all".

"So much of the vote against was from people who simply cannot support a potentially permanent backstop, if that can be sorted out then I think we might get that withdrawal agreement through", he told BBC radio.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney tweeted that the Irish Government was committed to the entire withdrawal deal, "including the backstop".

He said it was in Ireland's interests to help Britain leave the European Union with a deal, saying they would be far more hurt by a no-deal Brexit that Britain as most of their trade comes through the UK.

European Union governments disagree over how long they think the United Kingdom should delay Brexit, with some pushing for an extension of as much as a year, diplomats said.

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