Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

European Union is not trying to keep Britain in - Juncker

European Union is not trying to keep Britain in - Juncker

Britain is "in need of leadership" and a "quick, very massive" trade deal with the U.S. will not be possible under Theresa May's Brexit plan, Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom has said.

But the bill's passage is far from certain, with May having to pull an initial vote with a crushing defeat looking, rescheduling it for the week beginning January 14.

A cross party group of MPs is said to be pushing for Brexit to be postponed in the event of a no vote.

Former Brexit secretary David Davis said he expected defeat for Mrs May's plan in the House of Commons to force the United Kingdom and European Union back to the negotiating table to strike a new deal before March 29.

In her new year message, the prime minister said 2019 would mark a new chapter for the country outside the EU.

However, the bid to buy more time to secure key concessions on the Irish backstop, the key flashpoint for DUP and Brexiteer detractors of the deal, appeared to falter when her fellow leaders refused to change the legal text of the agreement.

The new talks, however, had not yet led to a solution, May's spokeswoman said: "There's still more work to do".

London is planning to set up new military bases in the Caribbean and in Southeast Asia after it completes the Brexit process, The Sunday Telegraph reported, citing British Secretary of State of Defence Gavin Williamson.

But the prime minister, who survived a confidence vote among Conservative MPs as 2018 drew to a close, insisted Brexit "is not the only issue that counts".

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Mr Davis told LBC radio: "They will have to come back and deal again".

And Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, a supporter of the Best for Britain campaign for a second European Union referendum, said: "Brexit is making Britain a laughing stock, not a force to be reckoned with".

"The Brexit deal I have negotiated delivers on the vote of the British people and in the next few weeks MPs will have an important decision to make".

"It is a sad fact that there are a number of people who rather see Britain fail than see Brexit succeed", he said.

'The referendum in 2016 was divisive but we all want the best for our country and 2019 can be the year we put our differences aside and move forward together, into a strong new relationship with our European neighbours and out into the world as a globally trading nation'.

"All we want is clarity about our future relations".

"We have all we need to thrive and if we come together in 2019, I know we can make a success of what lies ahead and build a country that truly works for every one of us", she concluded.

The European commission president said the EU can not be expected to resolve the problems that continue to make it likely that the British government will suffer a heavy defeat.

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