Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brexit: Nothing has changed in May’s ‘new deal’

Brexit: Nothing has changed in May’s ‘new deal’

The government says its border plan is a temporary measure and that there will be no onward checks between Northern Ireland and Great Britain or vice versa. However, it added that in its view "sufficient progress has not been achieved at this time".

"This needs to be tested in Parliament as a matter of urgency".

May had announced changes on Monday created to overcome lawmakers' concerns about provisions created to ensure the border on the island of Ireland remains open after Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May lost the second vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday, when MPs handed her another humiliating defeat.

"Today's announcement does not resolve the devastating effect a no-deal Brexit would have on the automotive industry", said Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

"However, we must prepare for all eventualities", said trade policy minister George Hollingbery in a statement.

"It feels like an example of the things Britain is choosing to walk away from, which makes me very sad", Anthony Zacharzewski, a British-Polish citizen who runs a nonprofit organization in Brussels that promotes political participation and democracy, said.

"It doesn't mean that a public vote has gone, it doesn't mean we won't come to it, but it means Tuesday is about exposing the weakness of the Prime Minister", he said.

Merkel deflected a question on whether she was prepared to delay the Brexit deadline. We've got a YouGov poll of 2,000 people out today and the highest percentage, 37 percent, want a no deal.

It wrote: "The best-case scenario for the Government is that Geoffrey Cox QC, the Attorney General, is in a position to reverse the opinion he gave in January that the backstop could, in theory, be permanent".

May immediately addressed the Commons following the vote.

Brandon Lewis, the chairman of May's ruling Conservative Party, said on Saturday the government could never accept a deal which threatened the integrity of the union.

The DUP has pledged to carefully analyse the Brexit deal add-ons, remaining non-committal on whether it would now back the Withdrawal Agreement.

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"These MPs now need to have some confidence in our country". "Now this impasse can only be solved in the U.K".

Mr Vaizey said if Mrs May's plan was rejected "all bets are off - it will engender complete parliamentary chaos".

His advice suggests that many lawmakers who have opposed May's deal are unlikely to change the way they vote in Parliament later.

Brexit's future is even more uncertain after this latest vote and that could eventually weigh on Wall Street.

Minutes after Cox's advice, the pound was 1.1 percent lower at $1.3014, nearly two cents down from where it was earlier.

In a press conference at close to midnight local time, May announced "legally binding" changes to the Irish backstop had been agreed by both parties.

UK's chief legal advisor Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said the extra assurances won by May do "reduce the risk that the United Kingdom could be indefinitely and involuntarily detained" in the backstop if talks on the two sides' future relationship broke down due to "bad faith" by the EU.

While an array of options - including a last-minute deal on the government's exit strategy, a delay in Brexit, an economically disastrous no-deal Brexit, a snap election or a second vote - are there, the ultimate outcome remains anybody's guess.

"Until MPs accept this reality, Article 50 should be extended to avoid us crashing out of the European Union without a deal".

He said: "The Prime Minister's negotiations have failed". "There is no alternative".

Meanwhile, the Opposition Labour Party has been mounting pressure on the government for an official update to Parliament on the talks with the EU.

May has also spoken to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker amid speculation the British leader might dash to meet Juncker and other EU leaders in France.

Many Brexiteers anxious that the backstop, aimed at avoiding controls on the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland, could trap the United Kingdom in the EU's orbit indefinitely.

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