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

Roman Schwartz
February 4, 2019

Germany's foreign minister is calling for "clear proposals" from Britain as it seeks to avoid a chaotic withdrawal from the European Union and underlining the EU's insistence that the Brexit divorce deal rejected by British lawmakers is "already a compromise", particularly in regards to Northern Ireland. Fox told Sky News in a pre-recorded interview.

Last week Mrs May secured Parliament's backing to go back to Brussels in the hope of hammering out a fresh agreement that does not include the Irish border backstop - which is unacceptable to the DUP and Brexiteer Tories - and which will command a majority in the Commons.

"That is what Parliament instructed me to do on Tuesday night", May said asserted.

In an article for the Sunday Times, Simon Coveney, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, wrote: "The EU will not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement and there will be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop".

May has promised MPs that she will bring any revised deal back to be voted on by MPs on February 13.

Wrangling in the Commons has seen backbench MPs put forward a range of alternative plans to find a way out of the morass.

May had some good news Sunday, as a new opinion poll from the Observer suggests that the Conservative party have moved to a seven-point lead over the Labour party.

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They are disillusioned with the ambiguous stance taken by leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been a long-term eurosceptic but said he voted to Remain in 2016. "The likelihood of an exit from Brexit is extraordinarily low".

Corbyn said speaking to charities in Glasgow, "The people who are bearing the brunt of nine years of austerity can not wait years for a general election". Brexit offers great opportunities for our country.

No date has yet been announced when May will be heading to Brussels for talks on the Brexit deal.

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

Late last month, the MPs voted in favour of an amendment that was tabled by Sir Graham Brady to look for "alternative arrangements" to the Irish backstop after the MPs turned down the Brexit deal of the Prime Minister by historic margins last January.

Separately, May's office rejected a report in the Mail on Sunday newspaper that her advisors were considering an early election on June 6 if she got a Brexit deal through parliament.

The 37-page document, which sets out a guide to working in the DfT operations centre, also states that the "scale of the operation is potentially enormous", according to the Times.

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