United Kingdom leader promises a 'bold offer' on Brexit deal

Clay Curtis
May 20, 2019

Backing the withdrawal bill is the way to do that.

In a warning to the MPs on her own benches advocating a no-deal Brexit, in which the United Kingdom would default on trading terms set by the World Trade Organisation, May said that parliament "will do all it can to block it".

But yesterday Rory Stewart, the new worldwide development secretary, said No Deal must come off "off the table" for god and so should a second referendum.

"And I think the British Prime Minister understands that and that is why she has agreed to reasonable compromises in certain areas".

"We have a new date now of October 31".

The British government's Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill needs to include another public vote when it is presented to lawmakers again next month, the opposition Labour Party's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said on Saturday.

Simon Coveney described political events at Westminster as "extraordinary", as he questioned the logic of politicians who believed a change of leader would deliver changes to the agreement struck by Theresa May.

"The personality might change but the facts don't".

Observers say she will likely trigger a contest for the leadership of her governing Conservative Party once the bill either falls or completes all of its stages through parliament.

There is widespread scepticism at Westminster that it will fare any better than her three previous failed attempts to get the Commons to pass the deal.

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That deadlock deepened amid the collapse of cross-party talks and intensifying pressure on May from within the Conservative Party to quit.

The latest Opinium poll for the Observer has the Tories behind Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party ahead of this week's European Union election vote.

Next week promises to be another tough one for May, as polls for Thursday's European elections over the weekend pointed to the Tories slipping to fourth place. The Brexit party, led by Nigel Farage, topped the poll with 34%, followed by Labour at 20%.

A Government source said the WAB - which is needed to ratify the deal with Brussels - would include new measures on protecting workers' rights, an issue where agreement with Labour was said to have been close.

If the Bill clears its first Commons hurdle, she could seek to remain in power long enough to see it become law, leaving office only once Brexit is secured.

It will not, however, seek to re-open the Withdrawal Agreement - which included the controversial Northern Ireland "backstop" - after the European Union repeatedly made clear it could not be re-negotiated.

Bill Cash, the Brexiteer Tory MP who has consistently voted against Mrs May's deal, said: "This is pretty cosmetic stuff".

The Prime Minister told the party's 1922 Committee that regardless of the outcome of the vote, she will "immediately" set out her plans for her resignation.

"But what we can't do is just keep on buying another week at a time, which is what the prime minister's been doing for months", he said.

Mrs May said in The Sunday Times she is asking MPs to vote on an "improved packaged of measures that can win new support" and she is not asking MPs to "think again on same deal".

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