Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

European Union wants to ensure United Kingdom leaves with a deal, says PM May

European Union wants to ensure United Kingdom leaves with a deal, says PM May

She has said she wants to bring a revised deal back to parliament for a vote "as soon as possible" but has not yet set a date for doing so.

Supporters accuse Mrs May of trying to run down the clock until Brexit day so she can effectively say to MPs that it is her deal or no deal.

'We know that businesses are leaving the country, we know that businesses are making plans that will damage communities across the country and just this week we had a new chapter in the unfolding nightmare that the trade deals that the United Kingdom businesses enjoy through the European Union will not be ready in time for leaving'. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay is set to head to Brussels on Monday for talks.

In early February, UK Prime Minister Theresa May pledged in an article published by The Telegraph that she would return to negotiations with Brussels to "battle for Britain and Northern Ireland".

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29 but has yet to find a deal which is acceptable to both Brussels and lawmakers at home, raising the prospect of a disorderly exit that could damage the world's fifth largest economy.

But there is no commitment to hold a binding vote on the deal itself by the end of the month.

She'll say that if she hasn't brought them new deal by February 27, there will then be another opportunity to vote, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire confirmed in an interview.

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) director-general Carolyn Fairbairn said firms were now in the "emergency zone" due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, ahead of the March 29 European Union departure date.

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Should the parliament give May more time on Thursday, it would mark the second extension since her Brexit deal was defeated by MPs in January. "There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

Last month, Parliament voted in favour of an amendment that supported most of the PM's deal but called for backstop - which is a last-resort option to prevent a hard border in Ireland - to be replaced with "alternative arrangements".

The move led to a backlash from pro-EU Labour MPs, but Starmer defended the approach and warned against a split in the party.

"Or the only way to break the impasse is to have a public vote, and that remains our policy".

Treasury chief secretary Liz Truss refused to rule out quitting if May did accept the demand for a customs union.

Ms Fairbairn told Sky News" Sophy Ridge On Sunday that firms were already planning "price increases and job reductions' in response to a no-deal Brexit.

Asked if she could stay in office if the Government backed a customs union she said: "I absolutely do not think that should be our policy".

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