Brexit: MPs' second vote on PM's deal to go ahead

Brexit: MPs' second vote on PM's deal to go ahead

Brexit: MPs' second vote on PM's deal to go ahead

That's because May has been unable to persuade Brussels to change the agreement, which her team negotiated a year ago, and put in legally binding reassurances that the United Kingdom will not become trapped in a long-term customs arrangement with the European Union.

On the eve of Tuesday's vote, May flew to the French city of Strasbourg, where EU legislators were meeting, for nighttime talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

The UK has been seeking changes to the Irish backstop, an insurance policy created to maintain an open border on the island of Ireland between UK territory Northern Ireland and European Union member-state - the Republic of Ireland.

"It is now for the House of Commons to take an important set of decisions this week", Schinas said.

The EU will not budge on the backstop, and that means either Parliament will have to accept the previous agreement with the EU, vote for a no-deal exit, or delay Brexit for more negotiations.

Politicians are due to vote on it again Tuesday.

This was reiterated by Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, who told a press conference he "understands" Mrs May is travelling to the city later.

If May's deal is rejected, the government has promised to give lawmakers the chance to show they want to pursue leaving the European Union without a formal deal.

If the deal is rejected, the most likely next step is that members of Parliament start maneuvering to force the government into a softer Brexit policy that could win cross-party support.

Senior Conservative lawmakers advised the prime minister in phone conversations that she should delay the vote and put forward a motion describing a divorce agreement that would finally heal divisions over the issue within May's own party, according to The Times.

Following the announcement of the deal, DUP MP Jim Shannon said: "Let's just hope tomorrow morning the Emperor's clothes won't reveal something very embarrassing for the prime minister".

All EU member states have to agree to an extension, and some EU leaders have expressed concern that it needs to have a specific objective.

"If easyJet's European Union ownership remains below the required level in the weeks prior to a "no-deal" Brexit, the Board stands ready to suspend shareholders' voting rights in respect of a small number of shares, until the ownership reaches the required level, to ensure that easyJet continues to comply with the European Union requirement following Brexit", the carrier said last month.

Tory Brexiteers said rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement was "inevitable" unless the prime minister could secure significant changes to the Northern Ireland backstop. There was, he said, now "wind in the sails" of people who want to stop Brexit, and that the two out of the three measures needed for that to happen - May's deal killed off and Article 50 delayed - could be achieved this week.

Labour has come out in favor of a second vote - albeit with some reservations.

Theresa May faces a series of deadlines for votes this week in Parliament on Brexit, but looks as far away from a sellable deal as ever.

Leadsom appealed to Labour, Conservative and Scottish Nationalist Party members to back the deal and defer seeking changes until they debate legislation in the weeks ahead.

The deal was heavily rejected in January and May has yet to agree with Brussels any of the changes that parliament has asked for. She survived a bid to oust her through a no-confidence vote in December.

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