Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

PM 'continuing to work' on Brexit deal ahead of vote

PM 'continuing to work' on Brexit deal ahead of vote

His comments were followed up by Justice Secretary David Gauke, who put out the emerging line Thursday when he said: "What we want is a smooth and orderly Brexit - we should deliver the referendum result".

More fundamentally, the problem is that while the Prime Minister feels reassured by her fresh mandate, Brussels sees only more chaos.

At this point, "MPs whose preferred forms of Brexit are considered less likely will have to reconsider; now people are stuck on their first choices, and will have to find somewhere where parliament has a majority", Jill Rutter, programme director at the Institute for Government thinktank in London, told FRANCE 24.

In another sign of the ticking clock, House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said a scheduled February recess for lawmakers may be scrapped.

Having dramatically pulled a vote on her Brexit deal before Christmas, due to the prospect of a significant defeat, the Commons is nearing its so-called meaningful vote on the agreement. "It is going to take a few days to do that", Hunt said.

Speaking later on Thursday before a visit to Ilkeston in Derbyshire, Mr Corbyn said that MPs should always "demand appropriate resources for their constituencies" but the best way to get them was to push for a Labour government.

Asked whether this could cause a delay to the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, he said it would depend on how long that process takes, intimating that the longer time goes on without a deal being agreed, the more likely a delay to Brexit will become.

He said it was still possible to reach a deal as a consensus in Parliament had emerged, and added that the Government is not ruling out any potential solutions, including a technological solution to solve the Irish border question.

"I think it's about party cohesion, it's going to be hard times over the next few weeks and we need to come back together again after the vote".

He added: "But if we are able to make progress sooner, then that might not be necessary".

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The European presidency is set to begin negotiations with the European Parliament on measures to secure maritime connections between Ireland and other EU Member States in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

European Union leaders have so far expressed an unwillingness to reconsider opening up the withdrawal agreement.

Downing Street confirmed that ministers were looking at a programme of "national renewal" following Brexit to tackle inequality and rebuild communities.

A Trades Union Congress spokesman said the prime minister's deal came "nowhere close" to offering the safeguards desired for working people.

On Saturday, McDonnell will tell activists in Stoke-on-Trent - which voted for Brexit more emphatically than any other city - that it and other industrial areas left behind by globalization have been treated unfairly by May and her predecessor David Cameron.

Jeremy Corbyn warned Labour rebels against backing Theresa May on Brexit in exchange for cash funding for their constituencies, after one of his MPs urged the Prime Minister to "show us the money".

Parliament had been due to break up on Feb 14 and return on Feb 25, according to a provisional schedule.

"She certainly understood the point that we were making".

"It is possible that there will have to be an extension in order to get an agreement because we can not leave the European Union on March 29 without an agreement".

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