Brexit talks deadlocked ahead of key Parliament vote

Brexit talks deadlocked ahead of key Parliament vote

Brexit talks deadlocked ahead of key Parliament vote

However, there was immediate scepticism from Labour and the pro-Brexit European Research Group (ERG) over whether the changes would be enough to secure the backing of the House of Commons.

The UK has been seeking changes to the Irish backstop, an insurance policy created to maintain an open border on the island of Ireland between UK territory Northern Ireland and European Union member-state - the Republic of Ireland. These had equal legal force with the withdrawal agreement, he claimed.

The UK could challenge the European Union in court if it tried to do so and, if successful, suspend the backstop.

The gloomy assessment from Downing Street followed appeals from Cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom, a leading Brexit supporter, for "one last heave" by British and European Union negotiators to help win a crucial vote on the exit deal in Parliament on Tuesday.

That said, Labour looks set to abstain from putting forward an amendment in that direction this week, but individual MPs may decide to do so. And chances are that will also succeed, regardless of May winning tomorrow's provisional vote or not.

Many Eurosceptic Conservatives are likely to follow the lead of the Democratic Unionists, but Nigel Dodds, the DUP Westminster leader, requested more information about an "extremely important" third element of negotiations which had not yet been completed - a unilateral political declaration by the United Kingdom that the backstop was not binding. That provision will be legally binding, Lidington said. As a result, she can not be forced from office for a year.

"As it stands her deal is going to be defeated".

Or whether it votes to postpone Brexit.

The UK's current uncertainty and the Sweden populist u-turn has fulfilled predictions made late previous year by senior MEP and progressive Guy Verhofstadt, who is also the EP's chief Brexit coordinator, who said that the "chaos" of the UK's exit would stem the rise of populist Euroscepticism in Europe.

'The crucial point is, will this backstop come to an end?'

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However, despite renewed talks, there has been no progress, fuelling speculation in Westminster that May would withdraw the motion - called the "meaningful vote" - in the face of certain defeat on Tuesday.

However three Cabinet ministers - Amber Rudd, Greg Clark and David Gauke - have already made clear they would vote to take no-deal off the table.

May's government considers the backstop issue "critical" to Brexit, which is due to on March 29.

Alan Wager, a Brexit expert at the a Changing Europe think tank, said Parliament this week could decisively rule out both May's deal and a no-deal departure.

Meanwhile, the prime minister's office refuted as "complete speculation" the media reports that the United Kingdom government could switch a meaningful Brexit vote in the Commons on Tuesday to an indicative one. If that is rejected as well, a vote on Brexit extension will be held on Thursday.

But eurosceptic conservative MPs, as well as the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), May's ally in Northern Ireland, have been opposed to it arguing it would tie the United Kingdom to the EU's trade rules indefinitely, or create a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

"What happens is the British people who voted for this. will see a government walking away, a parliament walking away from a question that they themselves put to the people", said Davis. She survived a bid to oust her through a no-confidence vote in December.

Instead Downing Street started the day by dashing all hopes of a breakthrough, once again describing the talks as "deadlocked".

And May doesn't really have much way in stopping that from happening as if she delays those votes further, expect a massive uproar in parliament to happen.

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