Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Govt to continue planning for no-deal Brexit - Coveney

Govt to continue planning for no-deal Brexit - Coveney

Brussels is left looking on at the chaotic political picture in the United Kingdom, with little progress having been made since the Brexit deadline was extended to October 31.

He suggested that even if the Labour leadership was not prepared to support Theresa May's deal when she brings it back to the Commons next month, other "moderate, sensible" Labour MPs may do so.

In a sign of the dramatic demise of the Conservative Party, just 13pc of over-70s told a YouGov poll that they would vote Conservative.

Mr Barclay has the backing of new Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt and Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom who also want planning stepped up before October 31.

Officials say the Bill will try to offer "sweeteners" to both Conservative and opposition Labour lawmakers to try to encourage them to vote in favor of it, but after months of deadlock, many positions have hardened and few believe parliament is ready to back it.

There is widespread scepticism at Westminster that it will fare any better than her three previous failed attempts to get the Commons to pass the deal.

The latest survey out Sunday put eurosceptic figurehead Nigel Farage's single-issue party way ahead on 34 percent, with the main opposition Labour Party on 20 percent, the pro-EU Liberal Democrats on 15 percent and the Conservatives on 11 percent.

Next week promises to be another tough one for May, as polls for Thursday's European elections over the weekend pointed to the Tories slipping to fourth place.

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The WAB - which is needed to ratify the deal with Brussels - is expected to include new measures on protecting workers' rights, an issue where agreement with Labour was said to have been close.

It is expected to include provisions on future trade arrangements with the European Union, on environmental protections, and on Northern Ireland, including the use of technology to avoid the need for border controls with the Republic.

The DUP has vehemently opposed the Prime Minister's withdrawal agreement due to concerns that the so-called backstop to avoid a hard border in Ireland would threaten the Union with Britain. She also said her cabinet will on Tuesday consider a new series of indicative votes that could deliver a consensus in Parliament.

If the Bill clears its first Commons hurdle, she could seek to remain in power long enough to see it become law, leaving office only once Brexit is secured.

The Prime Minister told the party's 1922 Committee that regardless of the outcome of the vote, she will "immediately" set out her plans for her resignation.

The Prime Minister's efforts to find the votes she needs for the WAB come as she faces a mauling at the hands of the public in the European elections.

"Instead, I will ask them to look at a new and improved deal with fresh pairs of eyes - and to give it their support".

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