We must ‘hold our nerve’ on Brexit, May to tell MPs : Reuters

The United Kingdom is on course to leave the European Union on March 29 without a deal unless May can convince the bloc to amend the divorce deal she agreed in November and then sell it to sceptical British lawmakers.

“The talks are at a crucial stage,” May will tell parliament’s House of Commons on Tuesday, according to remarks supplied by her Downing Street office. “We now all need to hold our nerve to get the changes this House has required and deliver Brexit on time.”

British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected May’s withdrawal deal last month, with the major sticking point being the Irish ‘backstop’ – an insurance policy to prevent the return of a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Critics say the policy could leave Britain subject to EU rules for years or even indefinitely after leaving the bloc.

The EU says the backstop is vital to avoiding the return of border controls in Ireland and has refused to reopen the Brexit divorce deal, though May insists she can get legally binding changes to replace the most contentious parts of the backstop.

“By getting the changes we need to the backstop; by protecting and enhancing workers’ rights and environmental protections; and by enhancing the role of parliament in the next phase of negotiations I believe we can reach a deal that this House can support,” May will say.

European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday the bloc would agree to tweak the political declaration on EU-UK ties after Brexit that forms part of the package, to reflect a plan for a closer future relationship that could obviate the need for the contentious backstop.

“It’s clear from our side that we are not going to reopen the withdrawal agreement but we will continue our discussion in the coming days,” Barnier said.

The leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, said lawmakers would back May’s deal if there were assurances the backstop was time-limited or the United Kingdom was allowed to leave it unilaterally, suggesting the deal itself did not need to be renegotiated.

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One thought on “We must ‘hold our nerve’ on Brexit, May to tell MPs : Reuters

  1. A ‘Game of Chicken’ who will jum first May feels it will be Barnier, but, I feel, he thinks May or the UK Parliament, or will no one jump and we leave on 29 March 2019 with ‘No Deal’.

    Barnier has thought all along that the UK will not leave the EU, due, I believe to the actions of Remainers, who I feel may have been acting with the EU to STOP Brexit, if this is so is it Treason.

    When doing negotiations it is all down to who believes who, do not offer your thoughts and reveal your actions to the other side. But Remainers have, from the start, been preasurising May to reveal her actions well before negotiations started and during, so Barnier and the EU have always know how May would proceed and they have the confidence that the Remainers will succeed in their efforts to thwart Brexit.

    So May was negotiating with Barnier and the EU, while trying to defend against the Remainers, no wonder the deal was not acceptable to many in the UK.

    The Referendum should have been legally binding and any opposition to this should have been illegal once the Referendum result was known.

    Now lets just get on with it and leave on 29 March 2019 Deal or No Deal for most within the UK are now sick to death of the process and want it out of the way, as there are even more pressing matters for the Government to attend to, the ‘Crisis within Social Care’ to name but one, which will affect a many people as Brexit.


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