Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

European Union foreign ministers hope British parliament approves Brexit deal

European Union foreign ministers hope British parliament approves Brexit deal

Andreeva went on to say that the Commission already has a deal on the table that has already been endorsed by the EU Council on November 25.

Blok added: "But we know how hard it has been to reach agreement".

Some have also floated the idea of a second referendum on the question of Britain's European Union membership but the government is firmly opposed to that.

If the vote had gone ahead as planned, the Government would have been defeated by a "significant margin", she said.

May would remain prime minister in the meantime, but without much authority as the clock ticks down to March 29, the day Britain officially is due to leave the EU.

Bringing back a "botched" amendment to her deal next week or in January would not deal with its "fundamental flaws", he said.

The Government was also looking at "new ways of empowering the House of Commons" to ensure that any provision for a backstop has "democratic legitimacy and to enable the House to place its own obligations on the Government to ensure that the backstop can not be in place indefinitely", said Mrs May.

Shortly after May announced she will pull the Brexit vote in parliament, the pound fell 0.5% against the dollar to $1.2661 - hitting an 18-month low.

May is seeking German Chancellor Angela Merkel's support for changes to the Brexit deal in a last minute bid to avoid a disorderly exit that would silt up the arteries of trade and roil financial markets.

But there is no agreement about what a better deal would look like.

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May said she would hold talks with European Union leaders ahead of a summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, seeking "further reassurances" over the backstop.

The House of Commons in London is due to vote Tuesday on whether to accept or reject the Brexit deal, and signs point to a big defeat for May's Brexit deal.

Reacting to the reports of a possible delay, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it demonstrated "pathetic cowardice by a PM and government that have run out of road".

Britain invoked Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty in March 2017, triggering a two-year exit process.

The European Court of Justice ruled Monday that when an EU member country has notified its intent to leave, "that member state is free to revoke unilaterally that notification".

May has repeatedly said the government will not seek to delay or reverse Brexit.

May also risks being ousted by her own lawmakers.

Support for another referendum has been rising in recent months.

May said United Kingdom "would truly be in uncharted waters" if the draft struck after almost two years of tough talks is voted down less than four months before the March 29 Brexit date. Polls suggest a re-run would still be close, although some older voters, who mainly voted to leave, have died and young people who mostly want to stay have reached voting age.

"Nothing is over until it is over", he told BBC TV.

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