Published: Mon, March 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Seeking Brexit support, UK's May woos opposition lawmakers

Seeking Brexit support, UK's May woos opposition lawmakers

Even many of Prime Minister Theresa May's closest allies in government are beginning to talk about the possibility of an extension to the Brexit process.

"If they pronounce that Geoffrey Cox has made substantial progress in Brussels, then they are likely to persuade other long-standing leave campaigners that they can back the Prime Minister's deal", he said. With no deal seemingly off the table - out to [8.0] - and no Brexit before 2022 in to [4.2], are they frightened that their dreams of taking back control could be lost forever if they don't fall in line behind the deal?

A float with a figure of UK Prime Minister Theresa May sitting on a toilet during a carnival parade in Stuttgart, Germany.

Blair also predicted that more people will join the new anti-Brexit Independent Group of 11 MPs that split from Labour and the Tories. "It is not what we want but it is what we have been forced into".

The opposition Labour Party has now said it would back a second referendum if MPs can't reach consensus and some of the strongest eurosceptics are apparently softening their stance.

But if she fails she will need the support of Labour Party lawmakers who represent constituencies that voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum.

Our political correspondent Iain Watson said the verdict from the group of lawyers was significant because one of them was the DUP's Westminster leader Nigel Dodds, and another was the former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab.

Worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox welcomed proposals from hard-line Brexiteers.

If May secures the demands, she would win the backing of Northern Ireland's DUP and many Brexit-supporting lawmakers in a vote on the deal promised by March 12, the Times said.

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Tomlinson told the Sunday Times that the committee would apply three tests to whatever Cox produced from the negotiations in Brussels, which if met would deliver the support of the group's key backers, including Rees-Mogg and former Brexit minister Steve Baker.

"I hope it's a genuine attempt, and I think it is, to try to map out ground where we can have common territory" before the House of Commons votes on the deal next week, Fox told the BBC.

"I think you'll get to another referendum when people understand that a hard Brexit is going to be deeply economically painful for the country and a soft Brexit means we just become a rule-taker. The third requirement is a clear exit route".

They have said that any change must include a "clearly worded, legally binding, treaty-level clause which unambiguously overrides" the text of the original withdrawal agreement.

Meanwhile, senior Conservative backbencher Sir Graham Brady indicated a breakthrough could be on the cards. Brady suggested he could back May's deal if the right compromise on the backstop emerged.

He said: "The whole country is exhausted of vacillation and delay".

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, however, has said the EU's ready to give the United Kingdom further assurances that the Irish backstop "should only be temporary".

A 41-year-old man was "quickly detained" and arrested on suspicion of assault, the Metropolitan Police department said.

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