May will seek to reopen Brexit divorce deal

May will seek to reopen Brexit divorce deal

May will seek to reopen Brexit divorce deal

Keir Starmer, shadow Brexit secretary: "It's one thing for backbenchers to lay an amendment at odds with the prime minister's deal".

The proposal - put forward by Tory MP Sir Graham Brady - had the support of the government and won by 16 votes. It calls for the Irish border proposal to be replaced with "alternative arrangements".

But the dramatic move was far from guaranteed to deliver a majority for the plan, after it failed to win the support of the influential European Research Group of Conservative eurosceptics.

Amendment J: Proposed by lawmakers from Labour, May's Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats, this calls on the government to request an extension to the Article 50 deadline if a deal has not been approved by February 26.

Pound reaction: "Cooper/Boles we think is small upside for the pound, as delay is always preferable to a forced decision", said Royal Bank of Canada's chief currency strategist Adam Cole.

The House of Commons is now debating and voting on competing proposals for next steps that have been submitted by both pro-Brexit and pro-EU legislators.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Ireland expected to ask Brussels for emergency aid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Theresa May has set herself a very high bar in the days ahead: to secure legally binding changes to a withdrawal deal European Union leaders insist is closed.

However, he suggested that he could be prepared to support it if the amendment had official Government backing. I don't know so. "I am very happy to be public about it and very happy if the Prime Minister decides I am not the right person to do the business industry job", he said, essentially daring May to sack him.

"The vote was decisive and I listened", May said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister May says a special customs and trade arrangement with the European Union, to be negotiated during a status-quo transition of 20 to 44 months, will ensure seamless borders between all the United Kingdom and European Union - so there will be no need for intrusive checks on goods at the Irish border.

"We have a unanimous EU27 position on the Withdrawal Agreement which reflects the common European Union position", he said.

A statement from the Irish government said the withdrawal agreement is "a carefully negotiated compromise, which balances the United Kingdom position on customs and the single market with avoiding a hard border and protecting the integrity of the EU customs union and single market".

The most aphoristic comment on Tuesday's vote came from the EU's deputy Brexit negotiator, Sabine Weyand, who insisted that by refusing to support the deal, British MPs were "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory".

The lawmakers will also vote on Amendment N which wants alternative solutions to replace the Irish border backstop in the withdrawal deal.

Sterling, which recently hit a two-and-a-half-month high of US$1.3218 on hopes that a no-deal Brexit would be avoided, fell about 0.7 per cent after lawmakers voted down efforts to prevent a no-deal exit. Voting on these amendments will take place one by one from 1900 GMT.

"If we are going to leave with a deal, clearly we are going to have to make some changes to secure parliamentary support". Anti-Brexit lawmakers are set to try and wrest some control over the process.

WhatsApp discussions between politicians, including leading Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg and Pro-EU Nicky Morgan, were made public Monday on night and confirmed by the two sides. To use border communities in such a way is quite disgraceful.

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