UK PM to giver parliament another chance to vote on Brexit deal

Clay Curtis
February 11, 2019

The prime minister has to get an agreement with the European Union passed by MPs by 29 March to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

May has indicated, to the fury of Brexiters, that she is prepared to negotiate with Corbyn, raising their suspicions she might opt to ask the EU for Britain to remain permanently in the customs union, a deal she could get the Commons to endorse by seeking cross-party support.

Instead, May will stress her continued focus on the backstop.

It is planned he will have dinner with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier later this evening.

For remaining European Union members, Bettel says the ongoing uncertainty in London "puts us in a position where we don't know what is likely to happen tomorrow". "I will listen to what the secretary of state has to tell us concerning the alternative arrangements which the United Kingdom would like", Barnier said.

"It is time for Dr Fox to face facts and admit this - particularly to businesses, who are in urgent need of proper guidance".

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has confirmed that Theresa May plans to give MPs another chance to vote on Brexit by the end of the month.

The move is aimed at postponing a rebellion by ministers who want to remove the possibility a no-deal Brexit.

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Prime Minister Theresa May will pledge this week to give parliament another chance to voice their opinions on Brexit by February 27 as she tries to buy more time to negotiate a new deal with the European Union.

It comes after Theresa May was warned that up to 40 ministers could resign if they were not given a vote against a no-deal Brexit.

May will make a statement to parliament on February 12 updating lawmakers on her progress so far in seeking changes to her deal.

The impasse risks a chaotic "no deal" departure for Britain.

Asked if changes to the backstop proposals could come in a separate codicil to the Withdrawal Agreement, Mr Johnson said: "I don't think that would be good enough".

He added, "There is no question to remove the backstop because that is absolutely necessary for securing and safeguarding the Good Friday Agreement". "No point winning Labour MPs, by losing Tories!"

Sir Keir earlier said his plan was necessary to put a "hard stop" to Mrs May "running down the clock" before the March 29 deadline. He says May's agreement can achieve "a great deal of what Jeremy Corbyn is interested in without taking away that option of having other trade deals". Major has been campaigning, alongside former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, for a second referendum to be held on whether Britain should relinquish its European Union membership.

Angus MacNeil, chairman of the Commons worldwide trade committee, said the admission by officials about new trade deals not being ready in time for Brexit was "what has been suspected for some time".

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