Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Brexit breakthrough as May secures win

Brexit breakthrough as May secures win

The paper said: "MPs should hold their nerve, refuse to be panicked, reject her poor offering and vote for extra time to find an answer that is best for Britain".

Even her voice was nearly gone.

She probably hasn't secured enough concessions from Brussels to win over lawmakers, leaving her with just one strong card to play: If they vote down her deal, Brexit could be abandoned in all but name - or even altogether.

"I'm not sure that the agreements with the European Union are a major change...that they continue to be promises of goodwill, but we have heard what the Irish have to say", he said, adding, "Many Conservatives will be heavily influenced by the DUP's (Democratic Unionist Party's) view", which appears to be rejecting the deal.

He said May's "mantra of "my deal or no deal" needs to be dead and buried tonight".

Urging the support of Conservative backbenchers, it said: "If today they still can not swallow their pride, hold their noses and back this deal, we fear the consequences".

"If she doesn't she will forfeit the confidence of the House of Commons".

"I urge you please not to underestimate the risk or its consequences", he told European lawmakers in Strasbourg, France.

May has said they would not give in to any solution that would divide the United Kingdom and negotiated for a United Kingdom -wide backstop.

He told the media: "We now need to be patient and calm to allow this process in Westminster to take its course", stressing the focus has to be on London because that is where the "crisis is and that is where the solutions need to come from".

Goods crossing the border from Ireland into Northern Ireland would not be covered by the new import tariff regime, posing a challenge for British authorities to stop importers from using Northern Ireland as a backdoor route to avoid British tariffs.

The set to leave the bloc March 29 as a result of a 2016 referendum where British voters made a decision to leave the union after more than 40 years of membership.

"I'm not sure that the agreements with the European Union are a major change", he said.

"We will essentially be voting on exactly the same Withdrawal Agreement that we voted on last time and in very simple terms: if you ask the same question you are likely to get pretty much the same answer", said Mark Francois, a pro-Brexit lawmaker in May's Conservative Party.

"This balanced approach will help to support British jobs and avoid potential price spikes that would hit the poorest households the hardest", he said. The two sides also agreed to continue working on technology that would do away with the need for border checks.

Guy Verhofstadt said that in the wake of the United Kingdom parliament's rejection of the Brexit deal, the European legislature had no reason to act on pushing back the deadline to avoid a chaotic British exit from the bloc. "Please make up your minds in London, because this uncertainty can not continue".

Former Labour Cabinet minister and chair of the influential Commons Home Affairs Committee Yvette Cooper, who has spearheaded parliamentary efforts to rule out a no-deal exit, called for talks on the withdrawal deal and the UK's exit to be put on hold while May tries to build a consensus in Parliament and the country. It backed emergency plans to provide continuity for everything from air, port and road traffic to foreign students to the fishing industry.

Mrs May believes the three new documents agreed with Mr Juncker will give MPs the legally-binding reassurances they require to approve her Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU/UK relationship.

Some protections for British producers would remain in place, including for carmakers - who are major employers in Britain - and beef, lamb, pork, poultry and dairy farmers.

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald said the vote showed the "absolute disregard for the people of Ireland, for our rights, our economy and the Good Friday Agreement that is at the heart of the Tory Brexit agenda".

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