United Kingdom leader may let Parliament decide on Brexit backstop

Roman Schwartz
December 7, 2018

Allies of the prime minister have looked at the potential for a People's Vote which would be between remaining in the European Union or her deal, which they believe could be won if there is a uarantee to end freedom of movement. It rode roughshod over the Sewel Convention, which requires the consent of the devolved legislatures, and has breached parliamentary conventions in relation to the pairing of MPs who can not make it to the house in order to win key votes at Westminster.

Five days before MPs vote on the deal negotiated with the EU, Philip Hammond and Matt Hancock will be among those trying to sell it to the public.

After a bitter battle in which ministers were found to be in contempt of parliament, the UK's attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, has published his legal advice to the government on Brexit.

European Union negotiator Michel Barnier said on Thursday the deal was the best Britain will get, while British finance minister Philip Hammond said it was "simply a delusion" to think the agreement could be renegotiated if parliament rejects it.

Remain with 52 per cent support while a no-deal would receive 48 per cent.

Many MPs have expressed concerns about the backstop, aimed at preventing a "hard border" on the island of Ireland.

The government had refused previous requests to publish the advice, which comes just a week before MPs vote on the deal itself, saying it would set a unsafe precedent if the Attorney General could not provide the Prime Minister with honest, confidential legal advice without fear of it being made public.

He said: "As I made clear during the Referendum campaign in 2016, while I understood the concerns of a number of people about some of the shortcomings of the European Union, on balance our membership has benefitted the UK".

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About 90 Conservatives are, at the moment, expected to rebel when MPs vote on the deal next Tuesday.

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It was tabled by Northern Ireland minister Hugo Swire, Richard Graham and Bob Neill, hours after the Prime Minister indicated Parliament would choose between the two options after the United Kingdom formally quits the EU.

"There are a number of items in the current deal I am not entirely happy with and we need to continue working towards a deal by March 29".

The British people, however, had had enough, and in 2016 they voted to leave the EU.

Treasury chief Philip Hammond told lawmakers Thursday that it was "simply a delusion" to think that a better Brexit deal can be renegotiated and that a no-deal Brexit would be "too bad to contemplate". "There are years of discussion and debate ahead".

As investors and allies tried to work out the ultimate destination for the world's fifth-largest economy, the Northern Irish party which props up May's government said legal advice about the deal was "devastating".

"It would be much better to have firm arrangements in place now". The latest results point to the fact that support is low in both leave and remain camps; however the numbers change substantially when certain options are taken out, known as the "Condorcet method". "Most members of parliament are keen to make progress on this and to do so in a sensible way". What I am doing is leading up to a vote on Tuesday.

They could, as the agreement already suggests, just extend the "transition period", giving the two sides longer to come up with a free trade deal that would mean the dreaded backstop is never used.

"Are there things which I am uneasy about?"

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