Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

UK: Theresa May to bring Brexit deal back to lawmakers in June

UK: Theresa May to bring Brexit deal back to lawmakers in June

The UK Government will bring forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning June 3, a spokesman said, after Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn held fresh talks on Tuesday evening.

The Conservative MP said there was no "logic" in the move, which was announced after last night's Brexit talks between Mrs May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Blunt's outspoken remarks about the future of his own party have been met with some distaste, with The Times reporting unnamed Conservative members of Parliament who said they would abandon the party if it took support from the Brexit Party in a future Parliament to deliver Brexit.

"Talks this evening between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition were both useful and constructive".

A government spokesperson said May will put forward a Withdrawal Agreement Bill, making Brexit law in the United Kingdom, in the week of June 3, before the summer parliamentary recess in July.

May was seeking a "stable majority in Parliament that will ensure the safe passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and the UK's swift exit from the EU", the spokesman said.

Despite the hope for clawing back support by making it explicit that the Conservative party supports the democratic will of the British people - something apparently unclear under the leadership of Theresa May - Blunt seemed to also accept that much of the damage was already done.

The Prime Minister is understood to have requested the meeting, and also dispatched her chief Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins to Brussels for two days of talks about the possibility of making changes to the Political Declaration to strengthen protections for workers rights and request a say in future European Union trade deals for the UK.

The Prime Minister was warned by senior Conservatives that she risks losing the "loyal middle" of the Tory party if she gives ground on the issue.

"No leader can bind his or her successor so the deal would likely be at best temporary, at worst illusory", said the letter.

The letter said the Prime Minister can not bind her successor, so any agreement with Labour would be "at best temporary, at worst illusory".

Asked if getting the deal through would also make that Mrs May's exit date, the spokesman said: "What she wants to do is get a deal through by the summer recess". Such a scenario could see Labour's "customs union etc" amendment pass, a "public vote" amendment fall and then the whole bill rejected as a result.

May had been keen to table the withdrawal agreement bill before the European elections on 23 May, but the mood of Conservative MPs has been hardening against it, even without any customs union concession.

Defeat in the June vote would likely spell the end of her divorce deal and her premiership.

"I talked to colleagues and some who voted for it last time now think it's dead and will vote against it this time". It would be followed by negotiations on a new trade deal with the EU.

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