Theresa May's newest Brexit plan to be revealed a day early

Leroy Wright
February 12, 2019

Prime Minister Theresa May will pledge this week to give parliament another chance to voice their opinions on Brexit by February 27 as she tries to buy more time to negotiate a new deal with the European Union.

In a letter to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dated Sunday, May opposed his party's appeal for the country to remain in a customs union with Brussels.

Aside from the risks of a no-deal Brexit, the Bank of England predicts that Britain will this year see its weakest growth in a decade, partly due to the uncertainty accompanying Britain's departure from the bloc after 40 years of membership.

Meanwhile, in a joint statement with Theresa May, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he had "underlined that the EU27 will not reopen the Withdrawal Agreement" but added that the political declaration on the future relationship could be "more ambitious in terms of content and speed".

After talks with Brussels this week Mrs May said that she was determined to deliver Brexit on time ahead of the March 29 deadline.

Laughing as he spoke, he said: "It is, in fact, the same protagonists for Brexit and a no-deal who do not have the courage either to put the issue to a peoples' vote". "Without an orderly and practical solution for business, jobs in the vehicle industry, particularly on the British side, are on the line".

The UK has signed similar deals to continue its current trading terms with Chile, Madagascar, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Zimbabwe, and the tiny Faroe Islands.

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Jeremy Corbyn has accused May of a "cynical" attempt to run down the clock before the March 29 Brexit date in order to leave MPs with a stark choice of accepting her deal or crashing out of the European Union without any agreement.

Last month, Parliament voted in favour of an amendment that supported most of the PM's deal but called for backstop - which is a last-resort option to prevent a hard border in Ireland - to be replaced with "alternative arrangements".

It is also meant to postpone a revolt by cabinet ministers who want to take a no-deal Brexit off the table for good.

The UK is now preparing for a Brexit no deal and in December the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced a further £2billion in "Brexit preparedness" taking the total budgeted figure to more than £4billion.

May's Cabinet is deeply divided, too, and dozens of pro-EU ministers have threatened to resign, if it appears she's steering Britain toward leaving the European Union without a transition deal.

But he insists the legally-binding divorce agreement between them can't be renegotiated.

It comes as shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer told The Sunday Times that Labour already plans to force another vote on the deal, accusing Mrs May of "running down the clock" and only offering MPs a "binary choice".

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