May Day: UK Parliament rejects prime minister's Brexit deal

May Day: UK Parliament rejects prime minister's Brexit deal

After a late-night huddle in Strasbourg, both the British Prime Minister and the President of EU Commission claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in Brexit talks by adding two supporting documents to the withdrawal agreement.

"Given that nearly two months after the first vote was comprehensively rejected there has been pretty scant progress made, this suggests that it will take more than a small tweak on this deal to gain the support required to passed".

The attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, published his legal opinion on the new documents saying that they did not fully eliminate the risk of the United Kingdom getting stuck in the backstop.

This "provides confirmation that the European Union can not try to trap the United Kingdom in the backstop indefinitely, and that doing so would be an explicit breach" of commitments on both sides, Lidington said.

"The rejection of the Government's deal tonight leaves British businesses facing continued economic uncertainty at a critical juncture", said Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair at the City of London Corporation.

And as a result of that legal advice, the pound fell.

"The only reason for voting for the deal, which remains a bad deal.is the fear that if the deal is voted down then we might not leave the European Union", ERG Chair Jacob Rees Mogg told Sky News.

Today (12 March), UK parliament will vote on whether to accept May's Brexit deal or not.

"This is a government in chaos, with a country in chaos because of this mess", Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said.

Referring to Mrs May, Mr Walker said: "She will lead us into that general election".

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The party's support is crucial if the deal is to pass in the House of Commons.

In a statement just after a meeting of the party, a spokesman made it clear the party would not be backing the deal on the table for Tuesday evening's meaningful vote.

May's initial deal was struck after 18 months of tough negotiations, and covers Britain's financial settlement, expatriate rights, the Irish border and plans for a transition period.

That means, if there are no abstentions from the vote later - when an MP does not vote either way - Mrs May needs to convince 116 more MPs from any side of the House to change their minds and support her.

The Commons later sent her back to renegotiate the backstop. "2-.pdf">the agreements reached in Strasbourg last night had not given Britain legal means of exiting the so-called backstop arrangement unilaterally if "intractable differences" arose.

On the legal opinion, Mr Dodds said: "We know from the Irish govt and from others what they see as the ultimate destination for Northern Ireland - the backstop is the bottom line".

With EU leaders warning there would be no more changes or negotiations, and with less than three weeks to go until the U.K.is due to leave, British lawmakers now face a stark choice between leaving the EU without an agreement to smooth the way, or delaying the country's withdrawal past the scheduled March 29 departure date.

"I profoundly regret the decision this house has taken tonight", May said in a speech after Tuesday's vote, adding that extending a departure from the European Union would not solve the UK's current political impasse.

Even if the deal is approved, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said there might need to be a "technical extension" so that all the needed laws can be passed.

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