UK's May says she is 'armed with fresh' Brexit mandate

Anna Jefferson
February 4, 2019

Auto giant Nissan announced Sunday it was cancelling plans to build its X-Trail SUV at its plant in northeast England, saying that "the UK's future relationship with the European Union is not helping".

In an article in the Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister said that she would be going to Brussels to with a "fresh mandate, new ideas and a renewed determination" to stick to the agreed United Kingdom departure date on the 29th March.

"When I return to Brussels I will be battling for Britain and Northern Ireland, I will be armed with a fresh mandate, new ideas and a renewed determination to agree a pragmatic solution that delivers the Brexit the British people voted for", May said.

The UK is due to leave the European Union at 11:00 GMT on Friday 29 March, when the two-year time limit on withdrawal negotiations enforced by the Article 50 process expires.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, she suggested that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had agreed with her that the Irish border backstop as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement had to change.

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Fox, who has previously spoken out strongly against delaying the exit date, said extending the negotiations without a deal in place would not solve anything, but it was "a very different argument" if Britain just needed more time to get the necessary legislation in place for a smooth exit.

Theresa May has said she is "determined" to deliver Brexit on time, ahead of talks on the Irish backstop.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tells the Funke newspaper group published Sunday that "we need clear proposals from London" and rejected a suggestion that the EU's position is increasing the risk of a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Coveney said the backstop was required to "ensure the protection of the Good Friday Agreement" which ended 30 years of armed struggle in Northern Ireland. However, EU officials have insisted that the deal is not open for renegotiation.

Pro-Brexit trade minister Liam Fox said it would be "irresponsible" for the European Union to refuse to reopen the Brexit negotiations.

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"The agreement we negotiated with Britain is already a compromise - especially regarding the arrangements for Northern Ireland", he said.

Opponents to Brexit were quick to seize on the Sky News claim, which the firm said it would not comment on.

"This represents a significant step towards delivering Brexit and fulfilling the instruction given to us by the British public".

"That is what Parliament instructed me to do on Tuesday night".

"That's what I'd like the most", he said.

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