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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.



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