Published: Fri, March 29, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

May's offer to quit fails to break Britain's Brexit stalemate

May's offer to quit fails to break Britain's Brexit stalemate

While May's departure would not alter the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, it could give Conservative eurosceptics who have opposed it a greater say in negotiating the terms of Britain's future relationship with the EU. The first DUP-backed motion was asking for the result of the European Union referendum in 2016 to be respected and the other was the Malthouse Compromise, which proposed to reopen the withdrawal agreement with the European Union and renegotiate the Irish backstop.

House Speak John Bercow said the government can't bring the rejected deal back a third time unless it is substantially changed.

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said approving it would ensure the United Kingdom leaves the European Union "in an orderly way that gives businesses and people the certainty that they need".

Theresa May has consistently tried to run down the clock to pressure parliament into backing her Brexit deal. He added: "I don't say it's going to happen, but clearly if a government can't get through on the one issue which we were really elected to deal with at the last election it puts us all in a very hard situation".

She faced anger from MPs, however.

The Opposition Labour Party branded the move to meet the Speaker's ruling as the "blindest of blind Brexits".

Keir Starmer, Labour MP and shadow Brexit secretary, said his party would not support "this latest desperate attempt by the prime minister".

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But whether or not she succeeds today, there's still the possibility of indicative votes going through again on Monday.

Last week the European Council agreed to postpone Brexit beyond the expected date of 29 March - offering an extension until 22 May, if MPs approved the deal negotiated with the EU by the end of this week.

The offer to step down may still not be enough to get Ms.

This week the House of Commons could not muster a simple majority for any of its own eight Brexit proposals.

The crunch vote caps a tumultuous week in Westminster which also saw MPs seize control of parliamentary business for a day to test support for various Brexit options.

"We would be leaving the European Union, but with absolutely no idea where we are heading", Starmer said.

The withdrawal agreement sets out how much money the UK must pay to the EU as a settlement, citizens' rights, details of the transition period, and the controversial arrangements for the backstop, which seeks to prevent the return of customs infrastructure at the Irish border in the event no UK-EU trade deal is enforced. And something else will have happened, which is that either the Prime Minister will have got her deal through on Friday, in which case all this is unnecessary and I'll be breaking open the bottle of champagne. Former foreign minister Boris Johnson has indicated that he could back the deal if May agreed to go.

A handout photograph taken and released by the UK Parliament on March 27, 2019, shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) question and answer session in the House of Commons in London.

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