MPs to vote on May's Brexit deal in second meaningful vote

MPs to vote on May's Brexit deal in second meaningful vote

The prime minister has since been trying to negotiate changes to the agreement, in particular regarding the highly unpopular backstop provision, which is created to ensure a frictionless Irish border and would, as many fear, tie the United Kingdom to the EU customs union.

If progress had been made, Mrs May had been expected to fly to Brussels for face-to-face talks with the European Commission president, but the EU confirmed that no political meetings were scheduled between the two sides this week.

However, there was immediate scepticism from Labour and the pro-Brexit European Research Group (ERG) over whether the changes would be enough to secure the backing of the House of Commons.

"Tonight we will be laying two new documents to the House - a joint legally binding instrument on the withdrawal agreement and a joint statement to supplement the political declaration", he added. These had equal legal force with the withdrawal agreement, he claimed.

While British negotiators initially considered a "divorce settlement" an important bargaining chip, the United Kingdom government agreed to pay the £39 billion sum early on, robbing the country of much-needed leverage.

Many MPs fear it is a trap to keep them tied to European Union rules, but Brussels has rejected calls for a time limit or unilateral exit clause.

The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, immediately cast doubt on whether the changes would actually be legally binding, saying: "It sounds again that nothing has changed".

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May gives a speech at the in Grimsby, north east England, Friday March 8, 2019.

Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up May's minority government, and Steve Baker, a leading figure in the large euroskeptic faction of her Conservative Party, said she was heading for defeat.

But Slack said the vote "will take place tomorrow".

The EU is frustrated at what it sees as the inability of Britain's weak and divided government to lay out a clear vision for Brexit.

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The wording of the motion that parliament votes on will be subject to amendments. And unfortunately for parliamentarians, leaving without a deal is the option most preferred by the voting public, as a recent poll has claimed.

Others close to the ERG believe that the group will only agree to support May's deal and weaker concessions than they would like if she promises to name a date for her departure.

Just 19 days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29, May is scrambling - so far unsuccessfully - to secure last-minute changes to an European Union exit treaty before parliament votes on Tuesday on whether to approve the deal.

'The crucial point is, will this backstop come to an end?'

This would probably have to involve some more incentives for Labour MPs, such as giving parliament more control over the shape of the future relationship.

The United Kingdom's labyrinthine crisis over European Union membership is approaching its finale with an extraordinary array of options including a delay, a last-minute deal, no-deal Brexit, a snap election or even another referendum.

The border issue has been one of the thorniest in Brexit talks.

May wants to avoid a long extension beyond the end of June.

MPs then voted to ask May to seek changes to the most controversial element, the backstop arrangement meant to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit.

Following a second call on Monday with Mr Juncker, Downing Street said: "Talks continue".

And May doesn't really have much way in stopping that from happening as if she delays those votes further, expect a massive uproar in parliament to happen.

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