UK, EU agree three-part deal on Brexit divorce

12 March, 2019, 06:33 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Brexit Talks 'Deadlocked' Despite Appeal to EU for Last-Minute Concession

The British leader has been trying to renegotiate legally binding changes with the EU which would make the deal palatable to Conservative Brexiters from the hardline European Research Group (ERG).

The main disagreement over the border issue has been over an EU-suggested backstop - keeping Northern Ireland in the EU single market and the Customs Union after Brexit until a solution is found - because it would create a sort of a border within the U.K.in the Irish Sea.

"Finally, the House of Commons is going to have to make a final judgment on what it wants in terms of Brexit", he said.

With less than three weeks to Brexit Day on March 29 - when Britain is due to leave the European Union - any delay would raise renewed questions as to whether there was any way she could get her deal through the Commons.

May's trip to Strasbourg caused concern among some MPs, who had complained they may not have enough time to scrutinise what May agreed before being asked to vote.

Simon Coveney says May will fly to Strasbourg, France, a seat of the European Parliament, on Monday "to try to finalize an agreement, if that's possible".

"There is a widely held view that the United Kingdom has not been negotiating in good faith over the last few days", he said, adding that at least one diplomat had mentioned planning for a "post-Theresa May government".

Steve Baker, a pro-Brexit member of May's Conservative Party, said the new agreement seems to fall "short" of the plan Parliament wanted to see. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier kissed her hand before they went inside for talks.

"And the deal sets us on course for a good future relationship with our friends and allies in the EU".

Brexit Talks 'Deadlocked' Despite Appeal to EU for Last-Minute Concession

"We have an opportunity now to leave on March 29 or shortly thereafter and it's important we grasp that opportunity because there is wind in the sails of people trying to stop Brexit", Hunt told the BBC.

All EU member states have to agree to an extension, and some EU leaders have expressed concern that it needs to have a specific goal.

If that no-deal option is rejected, MPs could get a vote on Thursday on whether to request a delay to Brexit from the EU.

"[May secured] legally binding changes that strengthen and improve the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration", Lidington said as quoted by The Telegraph newspaper.

May offered lawmakers a "meaningful" vote on what she had hoped would be a revised deal on Tuesday but with no major changes yet secured, Brexit-supporting lawmakers warned it would be defeated again. They look set to defeat it a second time, with the United Kingdom due to leave the bloc on March 29.

"The situation is very fluid but the market is perceiving hard Brexit scenarios as increasingly unlikely", said Vassili Serebriakov, a macro strategist at UBS Securities LLC in NY.

With a number of Labour MPs against a second vote, it remains unclear whether it would find a majority in Parliament.

"We held talks over the weekend and the negotiations now are between the government in London and the parliament in London", he said in Brussels ahead of Brexit discussions with envoys from the other 27 member states. "Tuesday is about exposing the weakness of the prime minister".

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