Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Brexit: DUP welcomes 'renewed focus' on their concerns after talks

Brexit: DUP welcomes 'renewed focus' on their concerns after talks

A sense of chaos filled the House of Commons this week as lawmakers held a series of votes on ideas about what they could do next.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland voted against delaying Article 50, saying: "All this week the Labour Party have been voting to steal Brexit".

A bigger delay would also see Britain take part in European Parliament elections in May - bizarrely re-immersing the country in EU politics after Brexit was originally meant to have gone into effect.

If the deal is once again rejected, Brexit could be subject to an even longer delay, something that some DUP MPs would view as a disaster.

A short extension followed by a decision to extend for longer is possible in theory but senior European Union officials say leaders will want a one-off delay.

She has warned lawmakers opposing the agreement that if it is rejected, Britain will need a much longer extension that could see Brexit postponed indefinitely. They will meet at a summit in Brussels on March 21-22.

Hard Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg tweeted: "A second referendum, the so called "losers" vote', has now been defeated in the House of Commons so is it is off the table".

MPs backed a bid to push back Brexit beyond the scheduled date of March 29 in dramatic parliamentary scenes which saw a majority of the Conservative party in the opposite lobby from the Prime Minister.

The margin of the defeat was due to Labour's refusal to support the amendment as it does not believe the time is right to be calling for a second vote.

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Labour revealed that leader Jeremy Corbyn and senior aides have met with backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson, who are promoting a plan to accept Mrs May's deal on the condition that it is subject to a second referendum. "What it does is precisely what the word delay says, it just delays the point in which we come to that decision", remarked May at a news conference.

The plan they all finally agreed on - after turning down four other proposals - was submitted by May herself: to ask European Union leaders to simply push Brexit back.

Dodds said Hammond had been present at the meeting to discuss the role of HMRC, customs and regulations and denied it had been to discuss extra spending.

Speaking alongside Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House, Trump said Britain's debate over leaving the European Union was "tearing the country apart". "If the Government passes its deal then it is reasonable to bring it back to the people to make sure they are happy with what is on offer". Any extension of the Article 50 deadline must be used to deliver the clarity about Brexit that has been missing from the last two-and-a-half years of vexed debate. He said: "Today I reiterate my conviction that a deal can be agreed based on our alternative plan that can command support across the House".

"Any Brexit deal looks less attractive when it is a concrete rather than abstract proposal".

"And we must all decide what we want our country to become".

"A people's vote is the only way out of this Tory Brexit disaster", Ms Siddiq told the New Journal this evening (Thursday).

May plainly intends to present the withdrawal bill for a third time next week, despite the fact that that would seem to be a breach of parliamentary rules that say a bill that has been submitted and voted on can not be re-presented in the same parliamentary session unless it has been substantially changed. The Prime Minister also accuses Corbyn of "betraying the will of the British people and ignore the biggest democratic vote in our nation's history".

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