Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

Majority of United Kingdom conservatives reject May's Brexit deal with Brussels

Majority of United Kingdom conservatives reject May's Brexit deal with Brussels

"If the deal is not voted on [in parliament], then we are going to be in uncharted territory", she said.

Labour's Yvette Cooper MP, who leads the group that includes former Tory ministers Nicky Morgan, Oliver Letwin, and Nick Boles, said, "Our amendment would block some of the Treasury's no-deal powers unless parliament has explicitly voted for no deal or unless the government has requested an extension of article 50".

The BBC presenter also made a gaffe that did not go unnoticed on social media - asking the Prime Minister if she had watched "I, Daniel Craig" - before quickly correcting himself.

"Others across the House of Commons are so focused on their particular vision of Brexit that they risk making a flawless ideal the enemy of a good deal".

Lawmakers are resuming debate on the deal Wednesday, before a vote expected to be held around January 15.

Nikki da Costa, who was Downing Street's director of legislative affairs until November, said: "Getting conditional approval isn't enough for the Government to go ahead but it may be enough to show the European Union there is a majority if they can move a little further".

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The government has said it is stepping up planning for a no-deal Brexit, which Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Thursday was a more likely outcome if parliament rejects May's deal.

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Aides, the Telegraph reports, are believed to be drawing up a plan to make MPs' approval of the deal conditional on the European Union providing further concessions.

"There was no question, that I remember, on the referendum about a "deal" or not; it was "leave" or 'remain.' And the way you leave is to come out on the 29th of March".

Instead, he called for Brexit to be postponed until a way forward can be found.

The Prime Minister warned critics from both sides of the Brexit divide that they risked damaging the economy and trust in democracy by opposing her plan.

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The Daily Mail reported the PM is working on a "double lock" to put a time limit on the backstop.

The backstop is effectively an insurance arrangement required by the EU and would see the United Kingdom enter into a temporary customs union with the EU if a future trade deal was not agreed during the transition period which will run until 2020.

Asked if he could guarantee that no one would die as a result of a no-deal Brexit, Mr Hancock told Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday: "I'm confident that we will have the unhindered supply of medicines so long as the plans that we have in place are properly enacted".

A second issue is that the wording of the backstop means technically it could be indefinite, the withdrawal agreement says only that the provisions apply "unless and until they are superseded, in whole or in part, by a subsequent agreement".

On Sunday, British health minister Matthew Hancock said that he hoped the probability of getting the government's Brexit deal approved by parliament have improved over the Christmas break.

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