UK Parliament Rejects May's Latest Brexit Plan

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

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

When May presented her deal to MPs in January it lost by 230, the biggest defeat in British political history.

The so-called breakthrough came after what were described as last throw of the dice by May to save her Brexit deal.

Brexit-supporting lawmakers expressed suspicion at the haste of May's last-minute assurances and suggested a delay to allow sufficient analysis of them and Cox's advice.

But many pro-Brexit British lawmakers have rejected the entire Brexit deal over fears the backstop could force the United Kingdom to follow European Union rules indefinitely if talks on a post-Brexit trade deal break down.

Two documents were published as a result of the meeting, which May said would deliver the legally-binding changes to the withdrawal agreement MPs had asked for.

"We owe it to the country to provide them with a government that can govern", he said.

On Monday, Ms May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced changes created to overcome concerns this provision could be used to bind the country to EU regulations indefinitely.

On Friday (8 March), the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier put forward a proposal to keep the border open and keep the province subject to European Union rules, prompting London to reject it.

Despite the newly negotiated terms, UK Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said the "legal risk remains unchanged" over the UK's ability to exit the backstop agreement.

Supporters of Brexit say while the divorce might bring some short-term instability, in the longer term it will allow the United Kingdom to thrive and also enable deeper European Union integration without such a powerful reluctant member.

The main opposition Labour Party also said it would reject the deal.

The pound has slumped by more than 1 per cent against the dollar after the British Attorney General's assessment of Prime Minister Theresa May's reinforced expectations that lawmakers will reject it.

Sterling fell again this evening after United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May's "new" Brexit deal was rejected.

German EU affairs minister Michael Roth, called it "a far-reaching compromise".

He added: "We can not continue to behave like this as a government. There is no alternative".

British officials have said an exit agreement that locked Britain into a Customs Union with Europe was unacceptable but they struggled to secure changes in the deal agreed to late past year.

"So, I think then you get into one of the only options is the prime minister collapses the House of Commons". It is what we do with this second chance that counts. "Because there will be no third chance", Juncker said.

Following technical talks over the weekend, both sides were expected to go over the phrasing in the part of the agreement dealing with the post-Brexit border on the island of Ireland.

It would also raise the possibility of a delay to Brexit, with further votes on leaving without a deal and postponing Britain's departure date set for later in the week if May's deal falls.

She announced the move after a late evening dash to Strasbourg to hammer out the changes with top European officials, as the clock ticked down to Britain's scheduled divorce from the bloc on March 29th.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was rejected once again by Parliament, throwing the country deeper into political crisis and raising the prospect that the divorce will be delayed or even reversed.

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