Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

May off to Strasbourg as Brexit vote looms

May off to Strasbourg as Brexit vote looms

During the negotiations on Monday with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, May secured legally binding changes that "strengthen and improve" the original Brexit agreement, her Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington told reporters Monday evening. These had equal legal force with the withdrawal agreement, he claimed.

Tomorrow, there's another vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to leave the EU.

The EU refuses to budge on the British proposal for what it believes is an attempt to build a unilateral exit mechanism into the Irish backstop, the arrangement that would keep the United Kingdom in a customs union to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

If MPs vote for an extension of Article 50, the part of the Treaty on European Union that allows member states to withdraw from the bloc, it is unclear whether this will be a long or a short one.

Parliament rejected May's deal by 230 votes on January 15, prompting the British leader to return to Brussels in search of changes to address the so-called Irish backstop - an insurance policy created to prevent the return of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

However, Starmer said the party would not be seeking to secure support in parliament for a second referendum on Tuesday.

"Tonight we will be laying two new documents to the House - a joint legally binding instrument on the withdrawal agreement and a joint statement to supplement the political declaration", he added.

May has promised lawmakers a vote on her deal on Tuesday.

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After that expected defeat, the Commons will vote on Wednesday over whether to keep a no deal Brexit on the table.

However, despite renewed talks, there has been no progress, fuelling speculation in Westminster that May would withdraw the motion - called the "meaningful vote" - in the face of certain defeat on Tuesday.

However, should MPs support the deal, a permanent deal will then be negotiated while things will stay broadly as they are until December 2020 following Brexit that will occur on 29 March.

"But in theory yes she does not have to have a meaningful vote this week".

"The deal that MPs voted on in January was not strong enough in making that clear and legally binding changes were needed to set that right", she said.

Some in the ERG are expected to hold out against the deal no matter what May comes back with and do everything they can to nudge the United Kingdom towards a no-deal Brexit. "The EU will continue working intensively over the coming days to ensure that the United Kingdom leaves the EU with an agreement". Breitbart London reported in February that the Eurosceptic populist Sweden Democrats party, set to double their vote share in the May European Parliament (EP) elections, has backed off from supporting a public vote on leaving the EU after observing the way Brussels has treated London.

He said there would be "plenty of opportunities" to do so in the coming weeks and that Tuesday should be about defeating Mrs May's deal which has already been resoundingly rejected once by MPs by a 230 majority.

Nick Boles, a leading Conservative pushing the government to rule out a no-deal Brexit, warned May that she would "forfeit the confidence of the House of Commons" if she failed to put it to a vote.

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