Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Finance | By Jaime Brady

Labour MP has new plan for parliament vote on no-deal Brexit

Labour MP has new plan for parliament vote on no-deal Brexit

May signalled she might delay Parliament's vote on whether to approve the divorce deal even further, potentially holding it after a 21 and 22 March EU summit - just days before Britain is due to leave the bloc.

British prime minister Theresa May is to give a statement to the United Kingdom parliament tomorrow on the latest developments in Brexit talks, Downing Street has announced.

The EU is urging May to work with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to unlock ratification of the withdrawal agreement she negotiated with Brussels.

The backstop is a commitment to prevent checks on goods and people returning to the Northern Ireland border in the event of no deal.

"By getting the changes we need to the backstop; by protecting and enhancing workers' rights and environmental protections; and by enhancing the role of Parliament in the next phase of negotiations I believe we can reach a deal that this House can support", she will say. "But, the solution to this has to be to get Jeremy Corbyn, or the Labour Party, or indeed Parliament as a whole, to come behind a deal".

Brexit minister Stephen Barclay will meet European Union negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday to discuss changes to the part of the exit deal relating to the "backstop", an insurance policy against the return of a hard border between European Union member Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland. Media have reported a fresh vote is not expected until late February at the earliest.

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve warned that time was running short for the ratification of a deal under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act.

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She confirmed that she would table an amendable motion for debate on Thursday, seeking the House's continued support for her to demand "alternative arrangements" to keep the border open after Brexit.

British MP Yvette Cooper, one of the leading campaigners against Britain leaving the European Union without an agreement with the bloc, unveiled a new plan on Tuesday to ensure parliament has a chance to vote on ruling out a no-deal Brexit.

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Barnier said he understood May did not want to delay Brexit to win more negotiating time and reiterated the controversial Irish border fix in Britain's stalled withdrawal agreement was an insurance policy the European Union hoped never to use.

In a statement seen by Breitbart London, Mr Batten said: "It is all too clear that Mrs May is playing for time".

The agreement finalized on Friday should remove the uncertainty a "hard" Brexit scenario posed for some 15,000 citizens of the three non-EU nations who live in Britain.

She said it was possible to pass bills "quite quickly" with "goodwill" from the Commons and Lords, but added: "It's just not possible to say how quickly it could be done, but obviously it depends on the way in which there is adequate debate on the meaningful vote and that's what the Prime Minister is determined to do".

In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Leadsom said the EU's repeated refusal to reopen the withdrawal agreement was likely part of a negotiating tactic, and a compromise would serve the interests of both sides.

Then, on Tuesday afternoon, the prime minister herself hinted that the government was prepared to do that.

Responding to his letter of last week, May wrote: "It is good to see that we agree that the United Kingdom should leave the European Union with a deal and that the urgent task at hand is to find a deal that honours our commitments to the people of Northern Ireland, can command support in Parliament and can be negotiated with the EU - not to seek an election or second referendum".

And there will be another go from the prominent Labour frontbencher Yvette Cooper, working with backing from Tories like Sir Oliver Letwin and Nick Boles.

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