Britain’s Theresa May to present plan B after Brexit defeat

Britain’s Theresa May to present plan B after Brexit defeat

She refused once again to rule out a "no-deal" Brexit, but promised the House she would take a "flexible, open and inclusive" approach to involving Parliament in negotiating the future relationship with the European Union, with more talks planned for this week.

"It would obviously be less favourable for Ireland than an indefinite backstop, but much more advantageous than no-deal Brexit". And she insisted that it had.

May also announced she would waive the fee that had been planned for millions of European Union citizens living in Britain to apply for permanent status after Brexit.

Starmer said there was a roadblock in the way of a solution to the Brexit crisis, "and that roadblock is the prime minister". Accepting a second referendum will damage the union and social cohesion, May argued.

Theresa May is to set out her next steps to build a Commons majority for a Brexit deal amid signs she is still unwilling to give ground on her central demands.

Reports also suggest Prime Minister May hopes to win a narrow majority in parliament in favor of her proposed deal once the "Irish backstop" is removed from the accord.

May's government is split between ministers who think a disorderly departure must be avoided at all costs, and Brexit-backers who believe it would be preferable to delaying or reversing Brexit.

The key issue remained the issue of the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland and the associated backstop clause - which maintains an open border and regulatory alignment until such time as the United Kingdom and European Union have found a new way to avoid a hard border on Ireland.

Mrs May said: "What we're doing is exploring, with members across this House, the nature of any movement on the backstop that would secure the support of this House".

The Prime Minister is required to update MPs on her "Plan B" in the Commons on Monday.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said the meetings held between May and opposition party leaders since last week's vote were a "stunt" aimed at creating the appearance of co-operation between the parties.

Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that while the EU would not amend the legally binding withdrawal agreement, it was ready to adjust the political declaration - a non-binding statement on future relations that forms the second part of the divorce deal.

"We also have a responsibility to shape this separation process in a responsible way, so that people don't look back in 50 years, shaking their heads, and say why weren't we in a position to make a compromise?" she said.

The Telegraph reported on Sunday evening that May was considering rewriting the Good Friday Agreement, which delivered peace in Northern Ireland, to placate her own side. May strikes any deal that would treat Northern Ireland differently.

Mr Czaputowicz said that London and Dublin were "playing chicken" over the border and risked a "head-on collision" in which Ireland stood to "lose the most". Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has ruled out Poland's proposal (see 12:20 p.m.) that limiting the backstop to five years could help break the impasse on Brexit.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas pointed out on Monday: "We now know what they don't want in London. He has already said what he thinks of it, which is nothing".

She told the House of Commons today she chose to make the screeching U-turn after MPs spoke "powerfully" against the plan. May's plan. "This House has spoken, it has overwhelmingly rejected her deal".

And she said that the Government would offer private and confidential briefings to backbench select committees to ensure MPs are kept up-to-date on the progress of talks without undermining the UK's position.

After May sets out her plans for the way ahead, lawmakers are set to table a series of amendments, to be voted upon on 29 January.

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve is reportedly leading a group of Remain-voting backbenchers to try to seize control of the Commons agenda to suspend the EU's "Article 50" withdrawal procedure.

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