Theresa May's Brexit plans are in chaos again after she finally announced a Plan B - minutes AFTER a whole load of her MPs rejected it. The Prime Minister threw her weight behind an amendment by top Tory Sir Graham Brady to remove the hated 'Irish backstop' in her Brexit deal. Sir Graham's plan would have replaced the backstop - which traps the UK under EU rules - with "alternative arrangements" if passed in a vote tomorrow night. Yet in farcical scenes, Mrs May asked MPs to back the plan just minutes after leading Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg said he was not backing it. Mr Rees-Mogg leads the powerful European Research Group of Brexiteers - and that means the Brady amendment looks doomed to failure. The farce unfolded in Parliament's Portcullis House, where Mrs May and the European Research Group held two meetings on the same small corridor. Jacob Rees-Mogg emerged from the ERG meeting at about 5.08pm to tell journalists he would not back the Brady amendment. He then swept up the corridor to … [Read more...] about Brexit in chaos as Theresa May announces Plan B
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Theresa May is under pressure to come up with an alternative Brexit deal that will win support from MPs across the political spectrum, following her humiliating defeat in the House of Commons on Tuesday 15 January. Brexiteer MPs have called on the Prime Minister to simply walk away from the negotiations and embrace a 'no deal' scenario, but the she is determined to somehow push through the Withdrawal Agreement. Meanwhile, the European Union says it is now solely up to Mrs May and MPs to agree on a counter-proposal to the Brexit deal they rejected, with negotiations only reopening once this is achieved. What is in Theresa May's Brexit Plan B? In a word: nothing. While the Prime Minister was forced to return to Parliament on Monday 21 to explain what she was going to do next, she made clear that Plan B is in fact just Plan A. She intends to ask Brussels for further concessions on the backstop, potentially with Parliament having voted in favour of a time limit … [Read more...] about Brexit deal: What is Theresa May’s Plan B and when will Parliament vote on it?
Brexit: Any changes to Plan B need legal clout: UUP BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The Prime Minister's 'Plan B' for Brexit will be meaningless unless it addresses the backstop problem in legally binding text with the EU, Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann has warned. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/brexit-any-changes-to-plan-b-need-legal-clout-uup-37750400.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/article37720445.ece/fc8c9/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-01-17_new_47266953_I2.JPG Email The Prime Minister's 'Plan B' for Brexit will be meaningless unless it addresses the backstop problem in legally binding text with the EU, Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann has warned. The Sun newspaper reported that the DUP could soften its opposition to the backstop within Theresa May's deal with the EU if it was time-limited, something Brussels officials have rejected in the past. DUP sources told the Belfast Telegraph the party could vote for an amendment that swaps the backstop for … [Read more...] about Brexit: Any changes to Plan B need legal clout: UUP
MPs will vote on Theresa May’s dubiously-titled Plan B for Brexit next Tuesday – with another defeat a foregone conclusion. But this time, unlike the first iteration of the meaningful vote, the substantive, consequential action will come not on the government’s main motion, but on a host of backbench amendments tabled in the hope of forcing ministers to change direction. Some aim to do so by giving MPs unprecedented control over parliamentary business; others solicit conclusive expressions of opinion on the potential options ahead. A comprehensive rolling guide follows. 1. Jeremy Corbyn’s Alternative Brexit What does it do? Corbyn’s amendment would compel ministers to hold parliamentary debates – and votes – on options that would prevent a no-deal Brexit. Two, corresponding to the remaining paths Labour frontbenchers say are still open, are mentioned specifically: the party’s official Brexit model of high single market … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight How will MPs amend Theresa May’s Brexit plan B?
It was British prime minister Theresa May's opportunity to lay down an alternative plan for breaking the Brexit impasse, but there was no 'Plan B' as she decided to continue to push for concessions from the EU. On Monday evening (21 January) May told the UK parliament that she will seek tweaks from Brussels to the backstop in the Brexit deal that are supposed to prevent checks on the Irish border. With only 66 days to go until the UK is forced to leave the EU by law on 29 March, the chance of a dramatic 'no-deal' scenario has thus increased, as May refused to rule out that the UK could leave the bloc without any agreement setting out the terms of divorce. The withdrawal agreement negotiated with the EU for almost two years was dramatically voted down by MPs in a historic defeat last Tuesday. On Monday she also ruled out pulling the emergency brake on the Brexit process. "No-deal will only be taken off the table by either revoking Article 50, which turns back the result of the … [Read more...] about May pushes defeated Brexit deal, offers no Plan B