Theresa May sets summer Brexit deadline as Labour compromise talks continue

Saul Bowman
Мая 16, 2019

Steve Barclay, the Brexit Secretary, admitted yesterday that her plans would be "dead" if MPs reject them next month for the fourth time.

Steve Barclay acknowledged that the vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill would mark the end of the road for the deal struck between Mrs May and the European Union a year ago unless the government could muster a majority.

Following another round of cross-party talks with the Labour Party on Tuesday night, Downing Street issued a statement to reveal details of yet another Brexit vote.

Asked whether the vote would be considered a "confidence" vote for the Prime Minister, a source said: "That's not the world that we are now in, but clearly the significance of this piece of legislation can't and I suspect won't be underestimated".

May, who became prime minister in the chaos that followed the 2016 referendum in which Britons voted 52% to 48% to leave the European Union, is under pressure from some of her own lawmakers to set a date for her departure.

"Not unless she comes to a deal with us and frankly, the signs are not good".

The spokesman said that unless there was an agreement based on "real compromise and movement by the Government" then the WAB would be "based on the same botched Brexit deal that has been rejected three times already by Parliament".

Tory and Labour officials were continuing the efforts to reach an agreement on Wednesday and the Prime Minister's Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins was in Brussels for a second day of talks about the potential to make changes to the Political Declaration setting out the future UK-EU relationship.

Defeat in the June vote would likely spell the end of her divorce deal and her premiership.

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But the two leaders have failed so far to agree a Brexit package and Mrs May also faces opposition from her DUP allies unless the Northern Ireland backstop measures are scrapped.

"I have talked to colleagues, some of whom voted for it last time, and they think it is dead and they will vote against it this time", Peter Bone, a Conservative lawmaker and a prominent supporter of leaving the European Union, told Talk Radio.

The exact timing is yet to be confirmed as Mrs May is committed during the first week of June to meet Donald Trump on his state visit to Britain and to attend events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Before her deal was defeated the last time, 344-286 on March 29, Ms. It would be followed by negotiations on a new trade deal with the EU.

"No leader can bind his or her successor so the deal would likely be at best temporary, at worst illusory", said the letter.

Brexit supporters in Ms.

Shailesh Vara, the junior Northern Ireland minister, became the first member of May's government to resign over the deal on Thursday.

"The factual position is if MEPs are elected and (the British) parliament has not approved a withdrawal agreement bill which has achieved royal assent by June 30, they will take their seats", May's spokesman said.

"And I think the lesson of the local elections is that the downside for Labour is as big as the downside for us".

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