Published: Wed, May 15, 2019

May and her Brexit deal face moment of truth next month

May and her Brexit deal face moment of truth next month

MPs will vote next month on the legislation that would enshrine the Prime Minister's Brexit plan in law.

"We will therefore be bringing forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning the 3rd June".

"In particular he raised doubts over the credibility of government commitments, following statements by Conservative MPs and Cabinet ministers seeking to replace the prime minister", his spokesman said.

The letter, organised by Greg Hands, said Mrs May could not bind her successor to a deal so any agreement with Labour was likely to be "at best temporary, at worst illusory".

Defeat in the Commons vote would nearly certainly spell the end of Mrs May's tenure since it would bring to an end the parliamentary...

"Her withdrawal deal will not get through parliament".

"Talks this evening between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition were both useful and constructive".

At a marathon Cabinet meeting ministers agreed to continue the cross-party efforts despite Tory opposition, but stressed it was "imperative" for a Brexit deal to get through parliament by the summer.

No date has been set for the summer recess, but Parliament usually rises near the end of July.


Alternatively, there is the possibility that Labour could amend the bill to its satisfaction - adding customs union membership, close relationship with the single market, and other details that would allow the deal to meet Corbyn's five demands on which the ongoing negotiations have been based.

The Prime Minister has been engaged in cross-party talks with Jeremy Corbyn since she asked for the latest deadline delay until October 31. May has said she will step down once the first phase of Brexit is complete.

"More fundamentally, you would have lost the loyal middle of the Conservative Party, split our party and with likely nothing positive to show for it".

The conversations with Labour had been "difficult", the spokesman said, but ministers were "determined to find a way through" the Brexit impasse.

That intervention spooked Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell, a key player in the talks.

"I talked to colleagues and some who voted for it last time now think it's dead and will vote against it this time".

"Ministers involved in the negotiations set out details of the compromises which the government was prepared to consider in order to consider an agreement which would allow the United Kingdom to leave the European Union with a deal as soon as possible", the spokesman said.

As positions harden in parliament, with many wanting to either leave the European Union without a deal or to stop Brexit altogether, May has turned to Labour, led by Corbyn, a veteran socialist, to negotiate a way to break the impasse.

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