Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

UK's PM May vows to fight on, warning Brexit is in peril

UK's PM May vows to fight on, warning Brexit is in peril

The European Union ruled out renegotiating the Brexit divorce treaty or its Irish border protocol on Tuesday as Prime Minister Theresa May sought last ditch assurances from the bloc to save her deal after pulling a vote she acknowledged she would lose.

She said that if the House wants to leave the European Union with a deal, it should be prepared to make compromises.

The vote will take place between 6pm and 8pm local time Wednesday and the result will be announced later in the evening.

The International Trade Secretary is tipped as the next Cabinet minister to walk, but she is also a dark horse to become PM. Rutte called the dialogue "useful".

On her way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a bid to rescue her Brexit deal, May got trapped momentarily inside her vehicle.

The message from Europe was clear: It will give clarifications but not countenance reopening the treaty.

The prime minister confirmed in a statement to MPs that she had delayed the "meaningful vote" on the Brexit agreement with the European Union, which had been previously scheduled for Tuesday night, saying she will instead head to an European Union summit in Brussels this week to discuss the "clear concerns" of MPs about her deal's so-called backstop arrangement, Sky News reported. "It is the only deal possible".

Weber, who is a candidate for Commission president in next year's European election, said European lawmakers would not be dragged into a new round of Brexit haggling.

"It also means that teachers and other fonctionnaires won't lose their status or be downgraded to contractual workers", she added.

"We have a common determination to do everything to be not in the situation one day to use that backstop, but we have to prepare", Juncker said. "It's necessary for the entire coherence of what we have agreed. Ireland will never be left alone".

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In 2013, then-Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to hold a referendum on Britain's EU membership "to settle this European question" once and for all.

Anti-Brexit politicians and campaigners have argued the United Kingdom should be able to unilaterally halt the Brexit process if it wants to do so.

Speaking yesterday, the Taoiseach said: "What I can say is that the withdrawal agreement, including the Irish backstop, is the only agreement on the table".

Through good time and bad over the past two years, my passionate belief that such a deal is obtainable and that a bright future lies ahead for our country has not wavered and it is now within our grasp.

Some pro-Brexit Conservatives say May's opponents have reached the threshold of letters from 48 Conservative MPs needed to obtain a no-confidence vote.

After repeated warnings that the December 11 vote in parliament would humiliate her government as opponents and supporters of Brexit joined in opposition to her deal, May convened a conference call with senior ministers on Monday. She delayed that vote because she knew her plan faced all-but-certain defeat.

The British people want us to get on with it, and they want us to focus on the other vital issues that matter to them, too.

Both May's ruling Conservatives and the main opposition Labour Party are publicly committed to carrying out Brexit. Supporters say it frees Britain to trade more widely with the rest of the world; opponents fear it will divide the West as it grapples with the unconventional presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China.

Many business chiefs fear a chaotic Brexit that they say would wreck their supply lines and hammer confidence in the British economy.

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