Second minister quits over Theresa May’s Brexit ‘humiliation’

Second minister quits over Theresa May’s Brexit ‘humiliation’

Second minister quits over Theresa May’s Brexit ‘humiliation’

Rochdale MP Tony Lloyd has said that Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement of a meaningful vote next month to delay the UK's departure from the European Union is an "attempt" to Parliament's backing for her unpopular deal. 'It's nearly an admission from inside government that May won't/can't get her deal through'. He added that he saw little risk of the remaining 27 European Union leaders opposing a delay to Britain's exit, now set down as March 29, as long as Britain was serious about finding a solution. If this vote fails, parliamentarians will be offered two votes in the following days.

French President Emmanuel Macron had said on Wednesday that the European Union would agree to extend the Brexit deadline beyond March 29 only if Britain justified such a request with a clear objective.

The intention in Madrid is to offer new residency papers to around 400,000 United Kingdom nationals if, as seems possible with just four weeks to go until Brexit, the United Kingdom leaves the European Union with no Withdrawal Agreement, according to reports in the national press.

British prime minister Theresa May made an enormous number of concessions to the European Union on money, regulation, customs, and global trade, among other things, in her proposed Brexit agreement with the bloc - but, unlike most of her colleagues, held that the United Kingdom should not guarantee EU migrants' rights in Britain without a similar commitment by the EU.

He said: "They have deliberately made progress slow and hard".

May promised to seek "legally binding changes" to the Withdrawal Agreement, though the aim now appears to be to secure agreement on "alternative arrangements" for the backstop so, if it is ever used, it would not endure indefinitely.

May is calculating that the prospect of a delay may persuade pro-Brexit lawmakers to support her deal despite their reservations.

Both sides are looking at a possible legal addendum to reassure MPs who worry that the Irish border plans could keep Britain trapped in the EU's orbit for years.

MPs also voted by 324 votes to 288 against a Scottish National Party motion to avoid "no deal".

Mr Mann last night said the scale of the package from ministers would be vital in winning the support of Labour MPs, whose backing is needed to cancel out hardline Eurosceptics who would prefer No Deal.

It comes as Jeremy Corbyn formally committed himself to throwing Labour's weight behind a second referendum.

British businesses welcomed the prospect of a Brexit delay.

"Why are these Brexiteers so scared of giving the British public a say?"

May for the first time this week raised the prospect of a short delay to avoid such a "no deal" scenario, which some British lawmakers hope will open the way to stopping Brexit altogether.

The EU's chief negotiator also talked about the possibility of an extension if there were "new British choices".

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