Brexit: Theresa May promises meaningful vote after more talks with EU


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Media captionTheresa Might says she would wish “a while” to carry additional talks with the EU

Theresa Might has promised MPs a remaining, decisive vote on her Brexit cope with the EU – however not till she has secured modifications to the Irish backstop clause.

The PM stated she wanted “a while” to get the modifications she believes MPs need.

She promised to replace MPs once more on 26 February and, if she had not obtained a brand new deal by then, to provide them a say on the subsequent steps in non-binding votes.

Jeremy Corbyn accused her of “working down the clock” in an effort to “blackmail” MPs into backing her deal.

Britain is presently leaving the EU on 29 March, with or with no deal.

Labour claims Mrs Might is planning to delay the ultimate, binding vote on the withdrawal deal she has agreed with the EU till the final potential second, in order that MPs shall be confronted with a stark alternative between her deal and no deal.

Labour and a few Conservative MPs had been planning to have a contemporary go at placing options to Mrs Might’s deal to the vote on Thursday, in an effort to take management of the Brexit course of.

However BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg stated Mrs Might’s announcement of returning to replace MPs on 26 February after which extra votes on 27 February – if she has nonetheless not obtained a remaining deal – meant Thursday’s anticipated “excessive midday” for the prime minister had in all probability been postponed.

MPs are nonetheless anticipated to debate and vote on amendments to the Brexit deal on Thursday, nevertheless, though it is not going to be identified till later what these amendments are more likely to be.

Mrs Might promised to provide MPs a “stronger and clearer function” within the subsequent steps on Brexit and stated she would return to the Commons for a significant vote on her deal “after we obtain the progress we’d like”.

The PM stated she was discussing various choices with the EU to safe legally-binding modifications to the backstop: Changing it with “different preparations”, placing a time restrict on how lengthy it may keep in place or a unilateral exit clause so the UK can depart it at a time of its selecting.

The backstop association is the “insurance coverage” coverage in Mrs Might’s deal to keep away from a return to frame checks on the island of Eire.

The EU has reiterated it is not going to renegotiate the withdrawal settlement.

Mrs Might stated talks had been at a “essential stage”, however she nonetheless believed it was potential to get a deal MPs might help.

“We now all want to carry our nerve to get the modifications this Home requires and ship Brexit on time,” Mrs Might advised the Commons.

However Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn stated MPs had been being “blackmailed into supporting a deeply flawed deal”, calling it “an irresponsible act”.

Are we working out of time?

By Daniel Kraemer, BBC Westminster

The prime minister’s critics say she is simply pretending to attempt to get modifications to the deal she signed with the EU so she will be able to push the ultimate vote on it proper all the way down to the wire.

Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer says what she really intends to do is return to Parliament after the 21-22 March European Council summit, the week earlier than Brexit, and supply MPs a “binary alternative” – her deal or no deal.

Holding such a vote a number of days earlier than Britain leaves the EU may scare sufficient Labour MPs apprehensive a couple of no-deal Brexit into backing the prime minister to get it by means of.

The federal government insists this isn’t its technique and it’ll maintain a “significant vote” as quickly because it will get the modifications to the deal it’s looking for from Brussels.

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Mr Corbyn stated Mrs Might was “merely engaged within the pretence of working throughout Parliament to search out options”, however she has “not indicated she is going to transfer one iota” on her purple traces.

He advised MPs: “We had been promised a significant vote on a deal in December, it did not occur. We had been advised to arrange for an extra significant vote this week after the prime minister once more promised to safe important and legally binding modifications to the backstop and that hasn’t occurred.

“Now the prime minister comes earlier than the Home with extra excuses and extra delays.”

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Media captionJeremy Corbyn accuses the PM of “recklessly working down the clock”

The SNP’s chief at Westminster, Ian Blackford, was reprimanded by Commons Speaker John Bercow for shouting “liar” on the prime minister as she was making her assertion.

Mr Blackford agreed to withdraw his comment “in deference” to the Speaker, however didn’t apologise to Mrs Might. MPs are banned by Commons guidelines from calling different MPs liars within the chamber.

He stated Mrs Might was “misplaced in a Brexit fantasy”, saying: “We’re 45 days from Scotland being dragged out of the European Union in opposition to our will – 45 days from financial disaster.”

Conservative MP Phillip Lee, who campaigns for one more EU referendum, advised the BBC he anticipated to see extra ministerial resignations on the finish of the month, when a few of his colleagues “are going to need to make a stand and say: ‘I am sorry this isn’t acceptable'”.

He stated the promise of an extra Commons vote on 27 February had taken the “fizz” out of Thursday’s vote, which meant that the top of the month would “see some motion from Conservatives in authorities”.

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Mrs May set out plans to raise a requirement for a 21-day delay earlier than any vote to approve a world treaty, as a way to get a Brexit deal ratified in time for 29 March.

Former legal professional basic Dominic Grieve warned that point was working brief for the ratification of a deal underneath the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act.

Mrs Might stated: “In most circumstances, that interval could also be necessary to ensure that this Home to have a chance to review that settlement.”

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has, in the meantime, advised senior European Parliament members that the UK requires legally-binding modifications to the Irish backstop, however saved open the concept that these might be achieved with out rewriting the textual content of the withdrawal settlement.

On a go to to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Mr Barclay stated he would proceed working with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and he’ll name him after Thursday’s Commons votes.

International Secretary Jeremy Hunt met French overseas minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau earlier, in Paris.

Following the conferences, a French International ministry assertion stated France “helps the deliberate withdrawal settlement” and added that it was “as much as the British authorities to make clear their intentions”.

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