Brexit: MPs continue European Union withdrawal deal debate

Brexit: MPs continue European Union withdrawal deal debate

Brexit: MPs continue European Union withdrawal deal debate

May postponed the vote in mid-December when it became clear lawmakers would resoundingly reject the agreement, a compromise deal that has left both pro-European and pro-Brexit politicians unhappy.

Prime Minister Theresa May offered a new role for MPs in the Brexit process, but suffered reverses in the House of Commons on Wednesday that saw the impartiality of the speaker called into question, with some describing the scenario as a parliamentary "riot".

But he rejected the idea of holding a series of votes to find out what kind of Brexit MPs would support, as some have suggested, claiming there was no consensus for any alternative to Mrs May's plan. Lawmakers would have the power to amend that plan.

Speaking alongside Mrs May following talks at 10 Downing Street, Shinzo Abe said that the "whole world" was hoping that the United Kingdom would not crash out of the European Union without a deal.

A Government source speaking to The Times said Bercow allowed the amendment despite Commons clerks, whose job it is to advise the Speaker on Parliamentary procedure, telling him that amendments should not have been allowed.

"We need to come together, we need to do a deal".

"If, as is likely, an attempt to hold a General Election fails, it is incumbent on the Labour leadership to immediately throw its support behind a people's vote and campaign to remain in the European Union".

Under the EU's backstop proposal, Northern Ireland would have stayed in the single market and customs union while the rest of the United Kingdom withdraws, while Mrs May wanted Northern Ireland treated the same as the rest of the UK. But the bloc refuses to reopen the agreement, and opposition to the negotiated deal remains strong among British lawmakers.

"These discussions have shown that further clarification over the backstop is possible and those talks will continue over the next few days".

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The survey comes as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today uses a speech in Yorkshire to call on the Prime Minister to call a General Election to break the Brexit deadlock if, as expected, her Brexit deal is voted down by the Commons in the meaningful vote next week.

The new Grieve amendment, now passed by MPs, means that in the event the PM loses next week, the Commons will then have a chance to vote on alternative policies - everything from a "managed no-deal" to a further referendum, via a "Norway option" or a reheated version of the current deal, could be on the table.

"That is why we truly hope that a no-deal Brexit will be avoided and, in fact, that is the wish of the whole world".

But there is no clear majority for any single alternate course.

She suggested she was confident of getting further assurances from the European Union to ease their concerns and offering Northern Ireland more control over the "backstop" arrangement to prevent the return of a hard border with European Union member Ireland. It could happen only if May asked for it and if the 27 remaining European Union member states accepted it. European Union diplomats say the bloc is likely to accept a short postponement of a few months but won't approve a longer delay unless there was a concrete reason, such as an election or new referendum. With the United Kingdom set to exit the United Kingdom in less than 80 days, legislation passed previously allowed her three weeks to come up with another Brexit plan.

He said: "It is a matter for the representative and champion of Parliament, it is not a matter for a representative of the executive branch - who is the executive's representative in the chamber of the House of Commons".

Weber said a no-deal withdrawal would "lead to very hard, perhaps even chaotic situations".

The de-facto deputy Prime Minister, David Lidington, said the only way to avoid a disruptive no-deal "is for Parliament to endorse and ratify a deal".

"It's not so possible to do that sort of thing on fresh food, so that's where the pinch point would be if there were to be a no-deal", Chief Executive Dave Lewis said.

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