March 19, 2019

Theresa May’s Brexit revisions appear headed for defeat in British House vote

14 March 2019, 11:58 | Devin Moran

Nigel Dodds deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party speaks outside the Cabinet Office in London's Whitehall. Jonathan Brady PA Wire

Nigel Dodds deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party speaks outside the Cabinet Office in London's Whitehall. Jonathan Brady  PA Wire

GBP price, Brexit latest and market sentiment: The UK Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has said the legal risk remains unchanged that the UK would have no internationally lawful means of exiting the Irish backstop in the event of Brexit.

The House of Commons will vote later Tuesday after last-minute talks with the European Union produced assurances that May said means the deal couldn't be used to tie Britain to the bloc indefinitely.

Pro-Brexit UK lawmakers said they would read the fine print and wait for the judgment of Britain's attorney general before deciding how to vote on Tuesday.

Ms. May had been hoping that she'd done enough to win over critics when she struck a deal Monday evening with European Union officials to alter the deal's backstop provision, which guarantees there will not be a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. "I think that the 27 member states. have made clear and far-reaching proposals that take into account the concerns of Great Britain and to find answers for them".

Theresa May is battling to get her "improved" Brexit deal through the House of Commons tonight.

"Nothing has really changed, and it is still a bad deal so unable to vote for this".

If the deal is voted down, MPs will Wednesday vote on whether Britain should simply leave on March 29 without any deal at all.

He warned that their agreement - which looks certain to fail - was MPs "last chance" to pass a deal, and said there will be no further changes, a warning he repeated today.

"The legal risk remains unchanged", Cox said.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks after the results of the vote on Brexit deal in Parliament in London, Britain, March 12, 2019.

"Brexit has been a dark cloud over us for many months, and particularly the threat of no deal", Mr Varadkar said in a statement.

However, parliament is expected firmly to reject a "no-deal" Brexit as well, so MPs would then vote again on Thursday - on whether government should request a delay to the leaving date to allow further talks.

Sky News correspondent David Blevins confirmed that a source close to the party said they did not see how the party could support the amended deal following Geoffrey Cox's legal advice.

Supporters of Brexit say that while the divorce might bring some short-term instability, in the longer term it will allow the United Kingdom to thrive and also enable deeper European Union integration without such a powerful reluctant member.

In a written legal opinion, Cox said the United Kingdom could still not extract itself from the terms of the divorce deal unilaterally, a key demand of pro-Brexit British politicians.

At a late-night joint press conference with Mr Juncker on Monday, Mrs May said she "passionately believed" that three new documents provided the legal assurances critics of her stance had called for.

May insisted that she had delivered what Parliament asked her to do.

Speaking alongside Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini at the European Parliament in the French city this morning, Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs: 'I'll let you into a secret.

But Tuesday's vote also meant that an array of possibilities open up including a second referendum or general elections - keeping general market volatility levels on the pound high.

Other News

Trending Now

U.S.'s Bolton says Pakistan committed to easing tensions with India
Qureshi said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan made a decision to hand over the Indian Air Force pilot as a gesture of goodwill towards India.

Trump blasts ‘fake news’ over Melania body double theory
Melania Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, blasted the segment in a post on Twitter on Monday morning. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, whose subsequent marriage made her Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, "Jackie O".

Dark Mode for Chrome has Arrived on Mac
Making matters more confusing, some have reported that dark mode turns on when battery savings features are activated. Moreover, it introduces support for progressive Web apps (PWAs), now live on all desktop platforms as well as mobile.

Michael Cohen's attorney sends letter clarifying pardon testimony
Nadler also said that Whitaker told the committee Wednesday that he discussed whether to fire one or more United States attorneys. He also disputed Nadler's interpretation of Whitaker's potential discussions about the Southern District.

Inside JLo and A-Rod's super-romantic engagement
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are back from vacation - and back at the gym. "We are just friends", Jessica insisted. I certainly did not sleep with him. "As for Jose he can keep playing with his Alien friends", she wrote .

8 killed in mass shooting in southern Brazil school
The names and identities of the victims and the attacks have yet to be released and the motive for the attack is not clear. According to the police official, Two armed and hooded men had attacked in the school and both of them were shot dead.

Facebook's data-sharing deals reportedly under criminal probe
News of the criminal investigation is the latest in a series of controversies surrounding the two billion-member social networking giant.

Airlines canceling flights out of Denver on Wednesday ahead of expected blizzard
It already left more than 100,000 customers without power in Colorado as of Wednesday afternoon, according to Xcel Energy. The storm could also cause flooding, as rain falls on accumulated snow and rivers clogged with ice begin to rise.

Verizon's 5G network is coming to Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11
In preparation of the rollout, Verizon will be opening pre-orders for its 5G Moto Mod on March 14. If you're not a Verizon customer or you don't have a Moto Z3, you can still get in on the action.

Felicity Huffman surrenders passport following court appearance in alleged college bribery scheme
A former Yale soccer coach had pleaded guilty before the documents went public and helped build the case against others. Prosecutors said it was up to the universities to decide what to do with students admitted through cheating.