Published: Sun, February 24, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Theresa May delays meaningful Brexit vote until March 12

Theresa May delays meaningful Brexit vote until March 12

French President Emmanuel Macron and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez are not expected at the Red Sea resort.

The looming Brexit crunch is likely to add intrigue, with British Prime Minister May expected to press leaders of individual European Union member states for concessions ahead of votes in the British parliament on Wednesday.

EU sources said the first EU-Arab summit is all the more important as the United States "disengages" from the region while Russian Federation and China make inroads.

"Theresa May is recklessly running down the clock in a desperate attempt to force MPs to choose between her deal and no deal", he said.

Ministers were in Brussels last week. The first, on 28 January, saw two amendments passed - one calling for "alternative arrangements" to the Irish backstop, the most contentious part of the withdrawal agreement, and the other rejecting a no-deal Brexit.

The trio said they were prepared to defy Theresa May and vote for a delay.

"It is time that many of our Conservative parliamentary colleagues in the ERG (the pro-hard Brexit European Research Group) recognised that parliament will stop a disastrous no-deal Brexit on 29 March".

Her first Brexit plan was defeated by a record 230 votes in January and she has now confirmed that MPs will not get a full, second "meaningful vote" on a revised Brexit deal this Wednesday.

"The idea that we would put a time limit to that backstop but not be able to answer the question 'What happens after that time limit runs out and what replaces the backstop?' - then it wouldn't be a backstop at all".

The Prime Minister is now facing MP support for an extension of Article 50, which will push the date for Brexit back from March 29, to prevent a no-deal outcome.

'It could torpedo Brexit completely, leaving us in a "Hotel California" Brexit, where we'd checked out but could never leave, ' he said in The Sunday Telegraph.

The official wasn't permitted to speak publicly about Brexit while talks are ongoing.

No. Deep divisions in the cabinet over how to manage Brexit burst into the open this week, with three ministers - Amber Rudd, David Gauke and Greg Clark - warning in a statement published in the Daily Mail on Saturday that if a breakthrough could not be achieved, "in the next few days", then the article 50 notice period for leaving the European Union must be extended.

"There will always come a point where we have to decide whether we accept the deal that's been negotiated or not".

"Although we do not agree on everything, this Summit will provide an important opportunity for open dialogue on how we can enhance the Euro-Arab partnership and take on regional challenges, including cooperation on migration, security and counter-terrorism". "That's what we're working for and that's what I'm working for".

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