Published: Wed, January 30, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

British Parliament to debate Tory, Labour amendments on Brexit

British Parliament to debate Tory, Labour amendments on Brexit

And it's not clear that ardent Brexiteers in her own party are prepared to follow her plan either.

Brussels has repeatedly said it does not want to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement, which has been signed off by the other 27 European Union leaders, and has said there must be a "backstop", a guarantee to ensure there is no return to a hard border between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has refused to join talks with May to find a way out of the impasse, asked which of the red lines she had changed since the deal was defeated two weeks ago: "She is refusing to accept the clearly stated will of this House".

The Prime Minister has confirmed she will be seeking "to obtain legally binding changed to the withdrawal agreement... on the backstop while guaranteeing no return to a hard border".

The House of Commons, which rejected May's deal by a huge margin earlier this month, will from 7:00 p.m. (GMT) Tuesday vote on a series of amendments created to show the prime minister exactly what they want.

The pound quickly fell on fears of a no-deal scenario as MPs voted through an amendment saying they would only support a divorce deal if its controversial "backstop" clause to keep the Irish border open was removed.

"The withdrawal agreement is and remains the best and only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union", said Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, which represents EU leaders.

Mr Macron called on Mrs May to present the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier with her next steps for avoiding a no-deal Brexit on March 29, which he said "no-one wants, but ... we must all, despite everything, prepare for".

At least two other amendments, with a much greater chance of passage, would encourage - or even legally compel - the British government to delay the entire Brexit process if no deal is agreed by set points before March 29.

Many dislike the prospect of being bound to European Union rules and customs duties that would prevent Britain doing its own trade deals and leave it overseen by European Union judges.

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The Prime Minister will now, most likely, go to Brussels to attempt to renegotiate the Irish border backstop.

"I think we should send the Prime Minister back to Brussels with a strong mandate to be able to say "If you compromise with us on this one issue, on the backstop, we would be able to a get an agreement - an agreement that is nearly there", he said.

Ireland's European Affairs Minister, Helen McEntee, said: "There can be no change to the backstop".

May backed a proposal from a Conservative backbencher calling for the backstop to be replaced by "alternative arrangements", and called on all lawmakers from her Conservative Party to support it.

The industry says that "this complex, "just in time" supply chain will be significantly disrupted in the event of no deal", and that there will be pressure on food prices from higher transport costs, currency devaluation and tariffs.

Conservative MPs have been instructed by the government to vote for Sir Graham's amendment, which could pave the way for a plan known as the "Malthouse Compromise".

If a subsequent bill is passed, it would give May until February 26 to get a deal approved by parliament or face a vote on whether to ask the European Union to delay Britain's exit.

The Prime Minister brings her plan B to parliament today, but the real meat on the table today are various Brexit amendments tabled by MPs.

Labour MP Chuka Umunna, who has pushed for a second referendum, told Sky News that the torpedoing of the Cooper amendment, and another similar amendment, represented "a bad day for Parliament". "We are extremely concerned that our customers will be among the first to experience the realities of a no-deal Brexit", they added.

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