MPs send Theresa May back to Brussels to renegotiate Brexit deal – POLITICO


LONDON — MPs voted to send U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May back to Brussels to renegotiate the Brexit deal she agreed with the EU in November.

A proposal put forward by senior Tory backbencher Graham Brady demanding that the controversial Northern Ireland backstop be replaced by “alternative arrangements” won the backing of 317 MPs with 301 against — a majority of 16.

Downing Street had whipped Tory MPs to support the amendment.

The backstop is a central part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement which is designed to prevent the need for the hard border on the island of Ireland. Opening the debate, May told the Commons that she would seek to reopen the agreement and negotiate legally-binding changes.

“What I’m talking about is not a further exchange of letters but a significant and legally binding change to the Withdrawal Agreement,” May said.

French President Emmanuel Macron was the first EU leader to respond to developments in Westminster, saying the Brexit deal cannot be renegotiated.

Speaking in Cyprus, Macron said the Withdrawal Agreement “is the best accord possible. It is not re-negotiable,” the Guardian reported.

Macron said Britain leaving the EU without a deal is a situation that “no one wants, but we should all prepare for.”


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Source: MPs send Theresa May back to Brussels to renegotiate Brexit deal – POLITICO

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