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

May urges United Kingdom lawmakers: Give me more time to get Brexit deal

May urges United Kingdom lawmakers: Give me more time to get Brexit deal

The head of business lobby group the Confederation of British Industry warned that the chances of Britain leaving the European Union next month without a deal have increased and the country has now entered "the emergency zone".

British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a compromise with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn in hopes of securing a divorce deal with the European Union.

In the vote this week lawmakers are set to have their say on amendments that could limit May's options and give parliament a broader say over the Brexit process.

"It seems to me we're now at the point where we can have meaningful talks to get a deal between the main political party leaders", he said.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said Parliament would get to pass judgment on May's Brexit plan "no later than February 27". The backstop is the main obstacle to securing agreement on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

It is planned he will have dinner with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier later this evening.

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Britain's opposition Labour Party, in conjunction with Conservative rebels, is planning to try to seize control this week of Brexit negotiations by forcing Prime Minister Theresa May to bring her previously rejected Brexit deal to yet another vote in the House of Commons before the end of the month.

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority said Monday that registration usually takes around two weeks, It warned the time frame "can rise significantly if many businesses register at the last minute because of a no-deal Brexit".

According to papers to be discussed by the Cabinet's Brexit sub-committee on Monday, the European Commission has told members states to "refrain from bilateral agreements or discussions with the United Kingdom, which would undermine EU unity". In the event of a no-deal Brexit, these would need to be completed by 29 March, an ambition that many in British business now believe to be nearly impossible.

Meanwhile, the head of the International Monetary Fund on Sunday warned that the British exit from the European Union means it "will never be as good as it is now" for the country's economy.

Two years ago, the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said that updated versions of all those treaties should be ready to sign within a minute of Britain leaving the EU.

Johnson told a meeting in parliament, "I think it must be pretty obvious that if you are going to have a time limit to the backstop - and I think that would be very good - it has got to fall before the next election". It would also prevent Britain negotiating bilateral trade deals with non-EU countries.

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