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OffbeatUK's May hints at Brexit backstop vote to save ailing deal

13:05  06 december  2018
13:05  06 december  2018 Source:

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The proposed UK backstop “will only be in place until the future customs arrangement can be introduced”, which the government “expects” to be the end of Because under the agreed terms of the Brexit negotiations, there can be no withdrawal agreement until every part of the deal is agreed.

The UK government does not want this to happen. The EU has also said it does not want any hardening of the border. However, the UK ' s current red lines The backstop solution is that safety net - an arrangement that will apply to the Irish border if a wider deal or technological solution cannot keep it

UK's May hints at Brexit backstop vote to save ailing deal© Provided by AFP The issue of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is a key sticking point in the Brexit deal

Prime Minister Theresa May suggested Thursday that MPs may get to decide whether Britain eventually joins the "backstop" plan to avoid post-Brexit border checks with Ireland.

May told BBC Radio that she was looking at allowing lawmakers a vote on the arrangement, which would keep the country in a customs union with the European Union after the end of the proposed Brexit transition period in December 2020.

The alternative, according to the deal struck between May and the EU, would be to extend the transition period for up to two years, during which time Britain would largely enjoy the same relationship with the bloc, despite officially leaving on March 29, 2019.

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Brexit : UK and EU concerned over slow progress. Boris Johnson resigns as UK Foreign Secretary. European leaders advocate a " backstop " agreement, whereby failing other solutions, Northern Ireland will "There is a Brexit deal that could command the support of Parliament and the country -- a

A backstop is required to ensure that there is no hard border in Ireland if a comprehensive free trade deal cannot be signed before the end of 2020. That prompted May to propose a country-wide alternative in which the whole UK would remain in the parts of the customs union after Brexit , but she

"We're looking at is this question around the backstop and the role of parliament," May said.

"The backstop is talked about as if it's automatic. Actually it's not automatic. There is a choice.

"The question is do we go into the backstop, do we extend... the transition period? I'm exploring."

- 'Somewhat illogical' -

May is drumming up support for her deal, but faces daunting odds with scores of her own MPs set to vote against the government on December 11.

The Conservative prime minister commands a slim working majority in parliament thanks to a deal with Northern Ireland's DUP, which is fiercely opposed to her plan.

DUP leader Nigel Dodds said his party would vote against the deal, but would not move to bring down May's government.

"If it (the deal) is defeated, it would be somewhat illogical -- having achieved our aim trying to get to a better deal -- it would be illogical then to turn around the next day and say 'let's vote the government out'," he told ITV.

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May ' s knotty Brexit backstop problem and how it might be solved. Raab’ s visit to Warrenpoint Port was the first of any UK minister to a Northern Irish port since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Warrenpoint is one of the five main sites of seabound exports and imports between Northern Ireland and Britain

It' s my Brexit deal or no deal , May says. Q&A: The Irish border Brexit backstop . The UK and EU both want to avoid a hard border - meaning any physical infrastructure like cameras or Mrs May has previously rejected the EU' s " backstop " plan - which involves keeping Northern Ireland aligned with

"I think then we start on a process to try to get a better deal," he added.

The backstop issue is the key sticking point, with official legal advice suggesting Britain could get indefinitely stuck in a customs arrangement, having no power to unilaterally withdraw.

According to media reports, May's office has attempted to win over rebellious backbenchers by suggesting that MPs may even be able to vote on rejecting both options of the deal, but was rebuffed by leading Brexiteers.

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the influential eurosceptic ERG group, told the Daily Mail that such a proposal would mean ripping up the Withdrawal Agreement and renegotiating it entirely, something the EU has ruled out.

UK's May hints at Brexit backstop vote to save ailing deal© Provided by AFP British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a tough task to push the Brexit deal through parliament

MPs were to hold a third day of debates on the deal on Thursday, focusing on its economic impacts.

May's fragile position was laid bare on Tuesday with a stunning series of defeats in parliamentary votes.

MPs backed an amendment that will give them a bigger say in what happens if May's deal is voted down and also forced her to publish the official legal advice.

A defeat for the prime minister next week could trigger a no-confidence vote leading to early elections, leaving the Brexit process in chaos.

UK leader seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a lifeline from European Union leaders Thursday after winning a no-confidence vote among her own Conservative lawmakers. 

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