British PM to unveil new Brexit strategy
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Jan 23, 2019,
Jan 23, 2019, 0:58
British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit on Monday by proposing to seek further concessions from the European Union on a plan to prevent customs checks on the Irish border.
Pro and anti Brexit protesters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament (Picture: PA) There was little indication of compromise, with the Prime Minister once again ruling out a second referendum and an extension to Article 50 but stopping short of announcing an adjustment to her position.
Mrs May made no specific proposals on the backstop, which is created to ensure an open border in Ireland after Brexit, but has raised concerns about the possibility of the United Kingdom being trapped in a customs union with the EU for an indefinite period.
European Union citizens will no longer be hit by a £65 charge to register to stay in the United Kingdom after Brexit, Theresa May has announced in a bid to win support from MPs.
Hopes are rising among Mrs May's team that they could yet revive her Brexit deal - despite it being humiliatingly rejected in a Commons vote last week.
An amendment, previously adopted by the legislators, states that May has to work out a new plan of action in just 10 weeks, before the country is set to exit the European Union on 29 March 2019.
The UK Labour Party is calling for a vote in Parliament that could pave the way to a second referendum, raising the possibility that Brexit could be reversed.
One of the proposals would enable MPs to debate and vote on Brexit issues, giving them far greater influence over government strategy.
But Mrs May will not be able to impose her own position on the party or even her government.
Both main parties, one can only assume, would run on a promise that they would settle Brexit once and for all.
She promised to take a more "flexible, open and inclusive" approach to involving MPs, and the Scottish and Welsh governments, in negotiating a future relationship with the European Union - once her Brexit deal has been approved.
However, the party said it did not mean it supported another referendum and lawmakers cautioned that the amendment would not garner the support of parliament. "Of course, not agreeing to the deal and staying as we are must be an option when the people do get that final say".
I, along with my SNP colleagues, also voted against the UK Government in the no confidence vote which we called for months ago, but Labour refused to call until now.
Among the MPs' amendments are plans to prevent a no-deal Brexit and to extend the deadline for leaving the EU.
Ministers were discussing the PM's plans for overhauling the Irish backstop - an insurance policy to avoid a hard border if a trade deal is not struck - in order to win support from Tory Eurosceptics and the DUP.
More amendments may be forthcoming - which could allow lawmakers to insist that the "no deal" option be removed, that a second referendum be held or that the Irish border backstop be time-limited.
However, there is little consensus in the Commons for any one solution to Brexit, and so MPs are now putting forward a range of other options ahead of the 29 January vote.
"Her current deal is undeliverable", he said.
He also stressed it was important that there wasn't a hard border in Ireland, while making reference to a bomb that exploded Saturday night in the center of Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
On Tuesday, Labour's business spokeswoman - and Corbyn ally - Rebecca Long-Bailey explained the party's position to the BBC: "It's not saying the party supports a second referendum", she said.
Shannon said he believed numerous 118 of May's own Conservative lawmakers who voted against her deal would also be willing to back it if the backstop had a time limit.