Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit

May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit

The U.K.is on course to leave the European Union on March 29 without a deal unless May can convince the bloc to amend the divorce deal she agreed to past year and get it approved by British lawmakers.

The government has tabled an amendable motion for debate on Thursday, seeking the House's continued support for the prime minister to demand "alternative arrangements" on the controversial Irish backstop.

May went to Brussels last week in an attempt to secure changes to the so-called backstop arrangement created to avoid border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

May said if she had not yet reached a deal in Brussels, she would deliver another progress report on February 26 and provide another chance for Parliament to express its opinion on her approach the following day.

The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, accused her of running down the clock with sham negotiations to pressure parliament into backing her deal.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's negotiating team continue to insist that the EU will not reopen the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with May last November.

European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday the bloc would agree to tweak the political declaration on EU-UK ties after Brexit that forms part of the exit package. An additional agreement was also signed that applies the provisions of the Swiss-UK trade deal to Liechtenstein as well.

Parliament last month rejected Mrs May's Brexit deal with the European Union, in part over a contentious plan to keep a seamless border between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland after Brexit.

"When we achieve the progress we need, we will bring forward another meaningful vote", said May.

Distancing himself from Mr Robbins this morning, Mr Barclay said that Mrs May.


The third and fourth spots flipped, with Britain leaving without an agreement and trading under basic World Trade Organization rules now in third place and Brexit being canceled last.

A video grab from footage broadcast by the U.K. Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit shows British Prime Minister Theresa May in the House of Commons, in London, on February 12, 2019.

For his part, Bank of England chief Mark Carney warned that leaving the European Union without a transition deal "would be an economic shock for this country", and said Brexit was an "acid test" of the globalised economy.

Questioned about business leaders' fears about import and export duties, border controls and customs procedures in the event of no deal, Barclay said the government would release more information soon.

The group - including Labour MP Yvette Cooper and Conservative former ministers Sir Oliver Letwin and Nicholas Boles - say they will put down an amendment creating parliamentary time for a bill enforcing a deadline for the prime minister and Parliament.

"The talks are at a crucial stage", May told parliament.

Theresa May is planning to wait until the last moment before putting her Brexit deal to a vote in Parliament - and will then force British politicians to choose between her blueprint and a potentially very long delay.

"We triggered Article 50 and that's what we are striving to do".

Mrs May did nothing to allay those suspicions when she said that "every time somebody votes against a deal, the risk of no deal increases".

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