May to appeal for more time to secure backstop changes

May to appeal for more time to secure backstop changes

May to appeal for more time to secure backstop changes

It is so far uncertain whether Britain will strike a deal with the European Union before its legally-binding exit date of March 29, after a huge majority of lawmakers last month voted down Prime Minister Theresa May's painstakingly-negotiated accord with Brussels.

The Prime Minister is expected to ask MPs to give her more time to secure changes to her Brexit deal, as well as promising them another say on her plans, in a bid to placate ministers anxious about a no-deal exit.

Meanwhile, in a joint statement with Theresa May, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he had "underlined that the EU27 will not reopen the Withdrawal Agreement" but added that the political declaration on the future relationship could be "more ambitious in terms of content and speed".

DIT says that with the agreement the British vehicle industry, which has consistently warned against a no-deal Brexit, could avoid up to £8m a year in tariff charges on their exports that would apply if the agreement had not been reached.

Mr Barclay will later travel to Brussels for talks over dinner with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

Two years ago, the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said that updated versions of all those treaties should be ready to sign within a minute of Britain leaving the EU.

British government asked lawmakers on Sunday to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time.

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But Labour's shadow Brexit secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, says he believes the prime minister is "pretending to make progress" on this issue.

EU and United Kingdom officials are discussing what concessions the Europeans could make to help May push a deal through Parliament by Brexit day on March 29.

In a letter to Jeremy Corbyn, she questioned his call for a customs union with Brussels, but offered concessions in other areas and said she wanted talks between Labour and Tory teams "as soon as possible".

"I'm certain of one thing, is that it's not going to be as good as if they had not been Brexit, that is for sure", Lagarde said.

May has been trying to win a legal assurance giving Britain the right eventually to drop the backstop and negotiate its own trade deals.

An attempt by Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper and Conservative Nick Boles to give parliament the power to request a delay to Britain's March 29 exit was defeated by lawmakers on January 29, but Boles said he would renew that effort on February 14 if a deal has not been passed by then.

If it fails again, the measure would require May to request the European Union accept a delay in Britain's exit of several months while a new agreement is negotiated. They suggested it was now time for Jeremy Corbyn to do so.

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