Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

May threatened with 'historical constitutional row' over Brexit deal

May threatened with 'historical constitutional row' over Brexit deal

May is facing an uphill struggle to get lawmakers to back her deal to keep close economic ties with the bloc, which she agreed with the European Union in November. Mr Cox's legal advice triggered a Cabinet revolt and contributed to the resignation of two Cabinet ministers last month.

Labour's Starmer also said on Sunday that it was "inevitable" his party would call a no-confidence vote if lawmakers reject May's deal.

Prime Minister Theresa May began a day of meetings with foreign leaders aimed at strengthening the U.K.'s future trade ties as domestic opposition to her Brexit deal mounted. Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has already dismissed anxieties over a no-deal Brexit by comparing them to fears over the Millennium bug, while former Brexit secretary David Davis declared that "I don't find "no deal" intimidating at all".

"If they don't produce it tomorrow then we will start contempt proceedings, this will be a collision course between the Government and Parliament", he said.

In the increasingly likely event therefore that May loses next week's vote, Labour will nearly certainly seize on it as an opportunity to bring down her government - which is now propped up by an unsteady alliance with the right-wing Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), that is itself expected to vote against the deal.

Michael Gove used his appearance on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show to defend the prime minister's deal.

She has also been unable to convince many of her own backbenchers of the deal's merits, with Brexiteers in particular concerned about the effects of the backstop.

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May told Abe the agreement offered "a good deal for businesses in the United Kingdom, including the many Japanese companies who have made significant investment into the United Kingdom and who will be able to continue, on the basis of our deal, to trade well with the European Union from the UK".

In this scenario - which will come into effect if a sufficient new UK-EU trading relationship isn't in ready by the end of the transition period - the UK would have a reduced ability to sign new trade deals and Northern Ireland would be in parts of the single market, creating controversial new checks between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

Gyimah said Saturday that the agreement was "a deal in name only".

"I have seen first-hand the European Union stack the deck against us time and time again", he said. "We can sit in the backstop and say "No, absolutely not", he said. "It's important to note that we are making him available", a No 10 source said.

Mrs May is facing defeat in the vital vote on 11 December, with opposition parties as well as scores of Tory MPs saying they plan to reject the agreement.

"I think it's inevitable that we will seek to move that - obviously it will depend on what actually happens in nine days, it will depend on what the response is - but if she's lost a vote of this significance after two years of negotiation, then it is right that there should be a general election".

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