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May to promise new Brexit debate in push for more negotiating time

Sunday 10/February/2019 - 08:00 PM
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UK Prime Minister Theresa May
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Prime Minister Theresa May will pledge this week to give parliament another chance to voice their opinions on Brexit by Feb. 27 as she tries to buy more time to negotiate a new deal with the European Union، Reuters reported.

As the clock ticks down to Britain’s scheduled exit on March 29، May is trying to persuade the EU to change a deal that was agreed between London and Brussels late last year but overwhelmingly rejected by parliament in January.
The impasse has left the world’s fifth largest economy facing an uncertain future، rattling financial markets and businesses about the prospect of a disorderly exit from the bloc that could damage the economy.

Housing minister James Brokenshire said on Sunday May would commit to giving parliament another debate on Brexit with the chance to vote on alternative options، if a deal had not yet been agreed and voted upon by then.

May is already due to update parliament on her progress towards a deal on Wednesday and then on Thursday to give parliament a chance to express their opinion. The new pledge would be for a repeat of this process by Feb. 27.


“That gives that sense of timetable، clarity، and purpose on what we’re doing with the EU - taking that work forward and our determination to get a deal - but equally knowing that role that parliament very firmly has،” Brokenshire told the BBC.

Brexit minister Stephen Barclay will meet EU negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday to discuss changes to the part of the exit deal relating to the ‘backstop’، an insurance policy against the return of a hard border between EU member Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland.

May wants to win over lawmakers in her Conservative Party with changes relating to the Northern Irish border، but the EU has refused to reopen that part of the deal and instead wants May to pursue a compromise with the main opposition Labour Party by agreeing closer UK-EU ties.

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