Ex-Brexit minister to put pressure on May with new deal proposal

Hugh Fox
January 11, 2019

"If a general election can not be secured, then we will keep all options on the table, including the option of campaigning for a public vote", Corbyn said in a speech in northern England. This LBC listener was keen to know.

In a message apparently directed at Conservative rebels, Mr Corbyn urged MPs from across the Commons to join Labour in voting for an early poll to "break the deadlock".

A no-deal Brexit remains the default option if the Parliament doesn't back May's agreement on January 15, even though a majority of lawmakers supported a motion on Tuesday created to reduce the chances of Britain tumbling out of the bloc on 29 March.

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Shinzo Abe pledged "total support" for the withdrawal agreement she has negotiated with the European Union, which faces a crunch vote in the Commons on Tuesday.

"The amendment doesn't affect the normal operations of the Treasury. but it does make it harder for the government to drift into no deal without parliament being able to direct it", Yvette Cooper, the MP who introduced the amendment, told the Guardian.

Rebellious Conservative MPs teamed up with opposition party Labour on Wednesday to vote for a motion created to prevent the government delaying key decisions on Brexit.

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The defeat highlights May's weak position as leader of a minority government, a divided party, and a critical parliament just days before she is due to hold a pivotal vote on whether to approve the Brexit deal she has negotiated with the EU.

Earlier, the House of Commons opened five days of debate on an agreement with the European Union setting out the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc on March 29.

Mrs May then successfully fended off a leadership challenge from her own party, but appears to have swayed few minds on her Brexit deal which is still widely expected to be rejected.

Many British lawmakers detest the deal agreed between Brussels and Prime Minister Theresa May.

However, shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon made clear there was little enthusiasm for the idea among the Labour leadership.

"I don't think we can have a situation whereby the Northern Ireland executive or assembly has a veto power because that would essentially give one of the two communities veto power over the other", Mr Varadkar said, adding that he had not yet had a chance to read the proposal.

Mr Grieve had tabled the amendment Tuesday night after pro-EU MPs had passed an amendment to the Finance Bill created to prohibit spending on No Deal preparations without authorisation from Parliament - which is dominated by Remainers and largely opposed to No Deal.

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Mr Bercow hit back, saying: "There was nothing arbitrary about the conduct of the chair yesterday".

But, with Britain importing about half the fresh food it eats, putting no-deal contingencies in place for perishables was not an option. The petitions range from those calling for a no-deal Brexit, to those demanding a second referendum.

She claimed that having listened to concerns from MPs, she would seek the necessary changes in order to get her Brexit plan through Parliament.

However, France's Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau said "there is nothing more that we can do" - and warned against putting too much faith in talk of extending Article 50.

Carmakers have warned that their factories, which rely on the constant delivery of parts to enter production cycles, would be severely damaged if Britain leaves the European Union without a trade deal, forcing the need for customs checks at borders.

"But what the prime minister has achieved, she has actually been able to negotiate a deal that is able to deliver us so numerous benefits of the membership of the European Union but outside the European Union and that's what I hope will be passed".

The government said it was an "inconvenience" but would not stop its preparations for leaving the EU.

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