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Theresa May pulls Brexit vote in parliament amid fears of defeat

Theresa May pulls Brexit vote in parliament amid fears of defeat

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May admitted the vote on Brexit in Parliament scheduled for Tuesday would have seen the government defeated soundly.

The EU said it was ready to discuss how to smooth ratification in Britain, but that neither the withdrawal agreement nor the contentious Irish backstop would be renegotiated.

"From listening to those views", she continued after the noise in the chamber ebbed, "it is clear that while there is broad support for numerous key aspects of the deal, on one issue - the Northern Ireland backstop - there remains widespread and deep concern".

'We have don't have a functioning government, ' he tweeted.

Downing Street has long insisted that the deal agreed by Mrs May in Brussels was the best available, but on Monday, her allies suggested that "nothing is off the table" and that reopening the withdrawal deal was possible.

"The government has lost control of events and is in complete disarray", Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said.

While he said that the government is prepared to leave the European Union without a deal, he said it would be "difficult" and "undesirable", calling on his colleagues to mitigate the risk by opting for May's proposal.

A day before the vote in the House of Commons, Ireland's Simon Coveney said the tentative Brexit deal "is not going to change".

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Britain voted in 2016 to leave the 28-nation bloc, and invoked Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty in March 2017, triggering a two-year exit process.Article 50 contains few details, in part because the idea of any country leaving was considered unlikely. And if it does, does it want to do so through reaching an agreement with the EU?

A key member of the European parliament's Brexit team, Green lawmaker Philippe Lamberts, predicted May's shuttle diplomacy would fail to secure changes.

May now faces the threat of a no-confidence motion, which would end the rule of her government, if successful.

"This shambles can't go on - so how about it?"

Easing some concern about Britain crashing out of the bloc in March without a deal, the EU's top court ruled today that the British government may unilaterally reverse its decision to leave.

May has also warned that rejecting her deal could result in Britain not leaving the European Union at all.

May has countered that it is the best deal available, and a no-deal Brexit would be a far worse proposition for the economy and ordinary Britons. A group of Scottish legislators had asked the European Court of Justice to rule on whether the United Kingdom could pull out of the withdrawal procedure on its own. "People are in despair at the state of these failed negotiations and concerned about what it means about their jobs, their livelihood and their communities", Corbyn said.

Even as May seeks to salvage an agreement, the question of her own future is increasingly coming into the spotlight.


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