Published: Thu, January 31, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Britain: Theresa May Survives Key Vote To Delay Brexit

Britain: Theresa May Survives Key Vote To Delay Brexit

But in a win for the prime minister, MPs also voted for an amendment by Conservative MP Graham Brady, which said that the House would support May's deal if she was able to secure changes to the "backstop" - a controversial safety net by which the United Kingdom will remain in a customs union until a trade deal with the E.U. was secured.

British Prime Minister Theresa May told her senior ministers on Tuesday that in order to win parliament's support for her Brexit deal, that agreement would have to be reopened, her spokesman said. The backstop would keep the U.K.in a customs union with the EU in order to remove the need for checks along the frontier between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Britain leaves the bloc.

May's plan B hinges nearly entirely on convincing the European Union to reexamine the existing deal's so-called backstop proposal, which could see Britain tied to the bloc's trade rules to keep open the border with Ireland.

The House of Commons was voting on competing Brexit proposals that have been submitted by both pro-Brexit and pro-EU legislators since Parliament rejected May's divorce deal two weeks ago, leaving Britain lurching toward a cliff-edge "no-deal" departure from the bloc on March 29.

Cooper's amendment seeks to shift control of Brexit from May's government to parliament and if successful could have a profound effect, giving lawmakers who want to block, delay or renegotiate Brexit a possible legal route to do so.If a subsequent piece of legislation is passed, it would give May until February 26 to get a deal approved by parliament or face a vote on whether to ask the European Union to delay Britain's exit to avoid leaving without a deal on March 29.

This amendment passed by 317 to 301 votes with the support of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party and the European Research Group, a strongly Brexiteer contingent of the Conservative party.

We think a scenario where the Cooper amendment is defeated is worth bearing in mind as it could have a notable impact on the value of the Pound, sending it tumbling lower as traders quickly ramp up bets on a "no deal" Brexit once more.

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Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar on Friday warned that Britain leaving without an official deal could lead to "people in uniform" being stationed on the border.

But Mr Corbyn said he would back a three month delay to allow time for the renegotiation of the Brexit deal with the EU.

"It allows the PM to give a very clear message about what the parliament wants and where the party is", Lewis said.

The Brady and Cooper amendment have garnered the most attention in the run up to the vote, with the latter, if successful would force the PM to delay Brexit by 9-months.

Another would let lawmakers vote on a set of alternate Brexit proposals to see which - if any - could muster majority support.

Conservative MPs were informed on Monday evening that they would be whipped to vote for the amendment - assuming it is selected by Commons Speaker John Bercow.

"This is not a Brussels day, this is a London day", said European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas.

At the weekend, Ireland's foreign minister, Simon Coveney, stated baldly the backstop simply "isn't going to change". "We have the vote tonight and then we will take it from there", he said.

It comes ahead of crucial votes in Parliament on January 29.

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