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Theresa May told to delay Brexit vote

Theresa May told to delay Brexit vote

Cox warns that the backstop arrangement contained within the withdrawal agreement would "endure indefinitely", a phrase which has enraged Brexiteers who say it would represent an incomplete Brexit. However this would cross a red line for May as it would continue freedom of the movement.

The adjustment would mean Parliament would have to approve a decision to trigger the backstop arrangement or extend the transition period beyond December 2020.

"It leaves the United Kingdom in an indefinite limbo position, with having to continue paying huge sums of money to the EU with no longer being able to influence its decisions, cut off from the economic strength of a common customs union".

He said: "What we are trying to achieve is something that gets a lot of support from colleagues and that the Government, we hope, will take forward because it will make a real difference to the vote".

Ms Lucas said it was "weird" that the Cabinet was not provided with formal legal advice on the backstop until the very day that the Commons voted for it to be released.

Parliament's vote on British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal will go ahead on December 11, her office said on Thursday, despite a newspaper report that ministers had sought a delay to prevent a defeat so big it might bring down the government.

Mr Cox's advice stated that, if Brussels felt that negotiations on a trade deal had broken down or were taking too long, it would be able to apply to the arbitration panel for Britain to be removed from the customs union while Northern Ireland remains - effectively creating the border in the Irish Sea, which Mrs May has said no prime minister could accept.

The prime minister has suggested that MPs could be "given a role" in deciding whether to activate the backstop, and on Thursday night, a Tory backbench amendment was laid down meant to do that.

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He also noted that the backstop arrangement would be "enormously complex" for the European Union, requiring "considerable resources", meaning Brussels would come under pressure - especially from Dublin - to bring it to an end.

Asked to unpick May's impossible dilemma, whereby the public have backed Brexit but MPs remain divided, Blair concluded: "Honestly, this is the moment to realise that you have to work out whether it is possible to reach a compromise among the MPs and if it isn't you exclude the impossible, go back to the improbable".

"It's clear that there are those in the House of Commons who want to frustrate Brexit. and overturn the vote of the British people and that's not right".

"The risk is that we end up with no Brexit at all".

"I think the Prime Minister has enormous goodwill on both sides of the House".

And one senior source from the Conservative European Research Group told the BBC it was "transparent and risible". "And the national interest is making sure that we deliver on that vote". "Perhaps the Prime Minister can tell us which paragraphs breach the national interest?"

However, the EU's advocate general said not allowing a country to unilaterally withdraw Article 50 "increases the risk of the member state leaving against its will". "Let's not create more division by going back for another referendum".


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