Britain's Theresa May seeks more time from MPs for Brexit talks

Leroy Wright
February 11, 2019

He said he believed the prime minister was "pretending to make progress" but actually meant to return to Parliament after the March 21/22 European Council summit the week before Brexit and offer MPs a "binary choice" - her deal or no deal.

But a member of May's cabinet pledged Sunday to give parliament a further ballot two weeks later - a measure meant to give the premier more time for talks with the EU.

He says what she actually intends to do is return to Parliament after the 21/22 March European Council summit the week before Brexit and offer MPs a "binary choice" - her deal or no deal.

On Wednesday, Mrs May will ask MPs for more time to get legally-binding changes to the controversial Northern Irish backstop, which she believes will be enough to secure a majority in Parliament for her deal. "There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

May will promise lawmakers a second opportunity to influence the Brexit talks later in the month in a bid to stave off any rebellion from within her own party by those who fear Britain could end up leaving without a deal.

Mr Brokenshire refused to commit to this in an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, saying there could be more votes on amendments to the proposed deal instead.

"You've got to decide which of those Brexits you want before we leave - otherwise, we're going to leave without clarity".

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She has said she wants to bring a revised deal back to parliament for a vote "as soon as possible" but has not yet set a date for doing so.

"Not only will this help to support jobs throughout the United Kingdom but it will also be a solid foundation for us to build an even stronger trading relationship with Switzerland as we leave the EU", International Trade minister Liam Fox said in a statement.

May has been seeking changes to the deal with Brussels since it was rejected by a record majority in parliament on January 15.

The government persuaded many lawmakers not to support that previous attempt by promising them that it would not be their last chance to seek to stop a "no-deal" departure from the European Union as they would get to debate Brexit again on February 14.

She revealed Parliament will play a bigger role in directing negotiations with the EU. The prime minister is now in talks with Brussels to seek these changes to the backstop.

The EU and the Irish Government have insisted that the backstop is the best way of guaranteeing there will be no hard border in Ireland. Switzerland is not a member of the European Union but is part of its single market.

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