May to put before UK parliament amended “last chance” Brexit deal

UK PM Theresa May said Tuesday she had secured last-minute “legally binding” changes in the Brexit deal and will put the amended deal to the vote later in the day. In talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, May secured changes meaning that the Irish backstop, the insurance policy for avoiding a hard border with Ireland, would not become permanent; and the two parties were jointly committed to replace the backstop with an alternative by December 2020. Juncker warned there would be no “third chance.” If the MPs vote down the amended deal too, they will be confronted with exiting the EU without a deal. March 29 is the deadline for Brexit to go into effect.

Note on backstop: There is no current “hard border” between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, i.e., no restrictions on the crossings of people and goods in keeping with the historic UK-Irish peace treaty. The Irish backstop is designed to ensure that open borders continue after the UK leaves the EU while keeping Britain inside the EU’s customs union.

 

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2 thoughts on “May to put before UK parliament amended “last chance” Brexit deal

  • Mar 12, 2019 @ 13:00 at 13:00
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    check out the noses. juice at work.

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  • Mar 12, 2019 @ 17:58 at 17:58
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    The EU played PM May and she gladly joined the EU in trying to get another Referendum; or a delay of the British exit from the very troubled EU. The reality is the EU is about to lose the 2nd biggest economy in the EU; Britain. The EU will upon Britain’s exiting without a deal be put in a hard place to bend and negotiate a real divorce settlement that will not make Britain a surf to the will of the EU. Just say no to the Overlords of Brussels and exit giving the Churchill reversed peace sign. Britain will do just fin without the EU..

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