EU Parliament’s Brexit chief against long delay

EU Parliament’s Brexit chief against long delay

EU Parliament’s Brexit chief against long delay

May wants legally binding assurances from the EU that Britain will not be trapped permanently in the backstop, which involves keeping Britain in a customs union with the bloc.

Theresa May is facing a crunch Commons vote on Tuesday when she takes her Brexit deal back to MPs following its overwhelming rejection in January by a majority of 230.

He added: "How we get there is something we are prepared to be flexible about".

The bloc expects May to ask her peer leaders for an extension to the current departure date of March 29 should both sides fail to bridge their differences, in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit that many says could cause economic turmoil.

As he arrived back in London, Cox said the two sides would be "resuming talks soon". "Reject it and no one knows what will happen", she said.

Mrs May will visit workers in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, on Friday, days before the second "meaningful vote" in the Commons on the withdrawal deal she has negotiated with the EU. "We may never leave at all".

British and European Union officials said the change could come in an addendum to the agreement - something the government hopes will be enough to change minds in parliament, where deep divisions over Brexit have become increasingly entrenched.

According to European Union diplomats, Cox's backstop solution involved an arbitration panel that would decide if enough "good faith" and "best endeavors" were being shown negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal. We've worked hard together over two years on the deal.

"It needs just one more push, to address the final specific concerns of our Parliament", she said. May is hoping to get enough concessions so lawmakers back a revised deal next Tuesday.

Mrs May also sent a message of warning to hardline Brexiteers considering voting against her deal next week. If that option is voted down as well, the parliament will vote on a potential Brexit extension past the deadline.

Keir Starmer, Brexit spokesman for the opposition Labour party, said it was "increasingly clear Theresa May will not be able to deliver the changes she promised to her failed Brexit deal".

And she accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of supporting "a divisive second referendum that would take the United Kingdom right back to square one". We would be at a moment of crisis.

She will tell them: "Just as MPs will face a big choice next week, the European Union has to make a choice too". If it is rejected, MPs will get the chance to either back a no-deal Brexit or call for the UK's departure from the European Union to be delayed beyond the current March 29 deadline. That is not in our interests either.

"If we were simply asking for a bit more time to pass the legislation we need to implement Brexit once we have agreed the deal, a delay would be straightforward", she said.

"Or we delay Brexit and carry on arguing about it, both amongst ourselves and with the EU".

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the withdrawal agreement "is already a compromise".

Mr Barnier said: "We are not interested in the blame game, we are interested in the result".

The Labour leader held talks with ex-Tory ministers Nick Boles and Sir Oliver Letwin, who favour a closer, Norway-style relationship with the EU.

It was unclear to what extent the offer would help May in her attempt to push the withdrawal agreement past her parliament next Tuesday.

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