May claims to secure last-minute changes to her Brexit deal

Blanche Robertson
March 14, 2019

Many Eurosceptic Conservatives are likely to follow the lead of the Democratic Unionists, but Nigel Dodds, the DUP Westminster leader, requested more information about an "extremely important" third element of negotiations which had not yet been completed - a unilateral political declaration by the United Kingdom that the backstop was not binding.

"The legal risk remains unchanged that if through no such demonstrable failure of either party, but simply because of intractable differences, that situation does arise, the United Kingdom would have.no internationally lawful means of exiting the Protocol's arrangements, save by agreement", Cox said.

Britain faces a moment of truth today when parliament votes on Prime Minister Theresa May's ill-loved Brexit plan- a day after she said she secured last-minute changes to the deal from the EU.

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If they vote yes then Brexit will take place on or around 29 March with May's deal. The U.K. won't be represented in the European Parliament after it quits the EU; its seats already have been given to other countries to fill in the elections.

"It is hard to see what more we can do", the statement said, adding that the latest vote "significantly increased" the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit.

The Strasbourg document was hailed as having achieved "legally-binding" changes to the withdrawal agreement.

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If MPs opt for extending article 50 to continue deliberations, it still will not solve the problems May's government is facing. She needs to get a simple majority in House of Commons to get her Brexit deal approved.

"The deal that MPs voted on in January was not strong enough in making that clear and legally binding changes were needed to set that right", she said.

The EU said there would be no more negotiations with London on the divorce terms, struck with May after two-and-a-half years of tortuous negotiations. It was a narrower outcome than the historic 230-vote margin of defeat for the agreement in January, before May secured changes from the bloc - but not by much.

Some British lawmakers had warned their Brexit-backing colleagues that rejecting the deal could lead to Britain's departure being postponed indefinitely, because a delay would give momentum to opponents of withdrawal. And the so-called "independent group" with 11 MPs, who recently resigned from the Labour and Conservative parties, may also oppose her plan.

More than two and a half years after the country voted to leave the European Union - and with no certainty about when or how it will - many Britons are simply fed up.

"The prime minister has run down the clock and the clock has been run out on her", said Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. "I think no deal is going to be very disruptive for the economy and I think no deal also has serious questions for the union", Barclay said.

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