May warned Brexit deal faces another defeat

16 May, 2019, 05:56 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Sacked defence secretary Gavin Williamson is among the ex-ministers warning against a customs union

The House of Commons has rejected May's divorce deal three times but has, as yet, been unable to agree on an alternative path.

The majority of MPs in anti-EU Tory faction the European Research Group (ERG) will vote against Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal when it is presented to parliament next month, a minister has said.

Prime Minister Theresa May was due to meet Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, later on Tuesday to discuss the impasse in their cross-party Brexit talks, a Labour Party spokesman said.

Vara, who voted for remain in the 2016 referendum, said May's deal "leaves the United Kingdom in a half-way house with no time limit on when we will finally be a sovereign nation".

Brexit has been delayed until October 31 as MPs failed to reach an agreement on how best to exit the EU.

Asked whether the vote would be considered a "confidence" vote for the Prime Minister, a source said: "That's not the world that we are now in but clearly the significance of this piece of legislation can't and I suspect won't be underestimated".

After twice delaying Brexit, Britain is reluctantly taking part in European Parliament elections on May 23, nearly three years after the referendum vote to leave the bloc.

"If the House (of Commons) has not passed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill then there are growing voices in Europe, not least the French, who want to move on to other issues", he said.

A number of influential former cabinet ministers, including Johnson and David Davis, warned her in a letter on Tuesday to reject a customs union deal with Labour.

The spokesman said that unless there was an agreement based on "real compromise and movement by the Government" then the WAB would be "based on the same botched Brexit deal that has been rejected three times already by Parliament".

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"Not unless she comes to a deal with us and frankly, the signs are not good".

Labour will oppose the bill unless a cross-party deal is reached with the government.

If the bill is introduced in the first week of June it will come seven days after the European Parliament elections - which Education Secretary Damian Hinds has acknowledged could be "difficult" for the Conservatives.

While the government has sought to put a positive spin on the cross-party talks, Labour's take on them has been far more sceptical, with senior figures repeatedly expressing their concerns that the government isn't willing to compromise.

"If the prime minister brings the withdrawal bill to the Commons for a vote, the question will be "what has changed"?" asked Nigel Dodds, parliamentary leader of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up May's minority government.

Ms Davidson said: "I think it's clear that people are frustrated that Brexit hasn't happened yet, because they were told it would".

Labour is struggling to maintain its finely balanced position on Brexit, promising to both deliver on the referendum but also to keep Britain close to the EU.

It would be followed by negotiations on a new trade deal with the EU.

"If the prime minister brings the withdrawal bill to the Commons for a vote the question will be "what has changed"?" he said.

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