Corbyn says nothing ‘fundamentally different’ in May’s new ‘bold’ Brexit deal

Saul Bowman
May 22, 2019

Mr Corbyn said: 'On key elements - customs, market alignment and environmental protections - what the Prime Minister calls her new Brexit deal is effectively a repackaging of the same old bad deal, rejected three times by Parliament.

May also plans to make a fourth attempt to get lawmakers' backing for Brexit terms by putting a withdrawal agreement bill to a vote during the week of June 3.

The DUP, on whose support May depends to command a majority in parliament, says efforts to avoid a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland - keeping Northern Ireland largely aligned with the European Union until a new trade deal can be agreed, also known as the "backstop" position - undermines the integrity of the United Kingdom, creating a trade border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

The government is aiming for the law to be approved by the time that parliament´s summer recess begins on July 20, which would allow Britain to leave the European Union at the end of that month as long as MPs reject a second referendum.

Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay urged his colleagues to "face facts" and rally behind the prime minister when she brings her Withdrawal Agreement Bill to parliament next week.

Three years since Britain voted to leave the European Union and nearly two months after the planned departure date, Mrs May is mounting a last bid to try to get the deeply divided Parliament's backing for a divorce deal and leave office with some kind of legacy.

British Prime Minister Theresa May today made a take-it-or-leave bid to persuade MPs to back her thrice-rejected Brexit deal.

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

A host of Jeremy Corbyn's backbenchers said they would not support it even though she made a host of concession created to woo them into the aye lobby.

It is thought that she will trigger a contest for the leadership of her governing Conservative Party once the bill either falls or completes all of its stages through parliament.

"A prime minister heading for the exit desperate to salvage something from her premiership regardless of the cost to our democracy, our country and the Conservative Party".

"Whatever the outcome of any votes, I will not be simply asking MPs to think again".

"Let me remind them: the 2016 Leave campaign was clear that we would leave with a deal".

"Regrettably, it will probably also boost the Brexit Party vote on Thursday".

What's new in the PM's new deal?

"We are making a new offer to find common ground in Parliament".

Foley said a victory for former London mayor Boris Johnson, who led in a recent poll of party members, would "potentially increase the chances of a hard Brexit".

Theresa May's expected departure from Downing Street in the next few weeks or months makes any serious prospect of resolving the Brexit impasse any time soon even more unlikely than before.

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