Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Minister urges divided UK MPs to find Brexit consensus

Jeremy Hunt warned that the prospect of a no-deal Brexit remains on the table Jeremy Hunt warned that the prospect of a no-deal Brexit remains on the table
Jeannette Daniel | 16 December, 2018, 03:53

The French President Emmanuel Macron piled on the pressure, saying the Brexit deal was now "in the hands of the British parliament" and he called on MPs to take a clear position on whether to accept or reject it.

Meanwhile, ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage has told the BBC that he thinks there might be another referendum.

"The see-saw has swung and I do think that a further referendum will probably be remain", Justin said.

Labour has said the withdrawal deal was now "dead in the water".

May won but 117 of her colleagues - more than one-third - voted against her.

Facing the prospect that she will not have the support of enough of her own MPs and the DUP to pass the withdrawal agreement in its current form, Mrs May could appeal to MPs across the Commons for support.

May postponed a parliamentary vote on the deal scheduled for December 11 because she said she knew it would be rejected by a significant margin.

Responding to the EU's refusal to countenance changes to the withdrawal deal and Mrs May's failure to secure legal guarantees that the backstop would only ever be temporary, Mrs Foster said: "The Prime Minister has promised to get legally binding changes".

"Our UK friends need to say what they want, instead of asking us to say what we want", he said.

May herself has acknowledged that Britain's parliament appears deadlocked with no clear support for any option, with the small Northern Irish party that props up her government leading the criticism of her deal.

"We need to get on with it".

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The Cabinet minister said it is time to "abandon outrage and accusations" and "try something different".

One idea, favoured by at least one other cabinet minister, is a series of votes on alternative plans, such as a relationship similar to Norway's with the European Union, or another referendum, before next month's "meaningful vote" in the Commons.

The European council president said: 'We have treated Prime Minister May with the greatest respect, all of us, and we really appreciate the efforts by the prime minister to ratify our common agreement.

Although the MP for South West Surrey believes "Theresa May is the right person" to lead the United Kingdom out of the bitter bloc, he called for her to stand aside after March 29.

Juncker said: "We don't want the United Kingdom to think there can be any form of renegotiation - that is crystal clear".

Media captionA quiet word in your ear.but what did Theresa May say to EU's Juncker?

May delivered the message during a private 15-minute meeting with the French and German leaders, Dutch premier Mark Rutte and European Council President Donald Tusk at the end of a bad-tempered summit in Brussels on Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter.

"And what came out of that was his clarity that actually he'd been talking - when he used that particular phrase - he'd been talking about a general level of debate", she said.

Despite fellow European Union leaders rejecting her appeal for changes to the Withdrawal Agreement, the Brexit legal text, Mrs May said talks would continue over ways to win over enough MPs to pass the deal. I will continue to fight for a good deal for Britain.

After listening to a presentation from the prime minister about MPs" concerns which had prevented her getting her Brexit deal through Parliament this week, the EU27 leaders tore up a draft communique prepared by officials which would have offered Mrs May "further assurances'.

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