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Geoffrey Cox deals crushing blow to Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Geoffrey Cox deals crushing blow to Theresa May’s Brexit deal

If members of parliament vote down May's deal, she has promised a vote on Wednesday on whether to leave without a deal and, if they reject that, then a vote on whether to ask the European Union for a limited delay to Brexit.

May said after meeting Juncker: "The attorney general will set out in legal analysis the meaning of the joint instrument and unilateral declaration to Parliament".

The stinging 149-vote defeat stripped away May's control over the course of Brexit and handed it to Parliament, which is divided about what to do next.

May has said she would not give in to any solution that would divide the United Kingdom and negotiated for a United Kingdom -wide backstop. "Let's get this done". "If the House of Commons wants to question him, there are means by which they can do so".

"The legal risk remains unchanged" that Britain would have "no internationally lawful means of exiting the Protocol's arrangements, save by agreement".

Speaking at a late night press conference in Strasbourg following talks with EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, May said: "The deal that MPs voted on in January was not strong enough in making that clear - and legally binding changes were needed to set that right".

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And senior Conservative Leaver John Whittingdale told the Commons Brexit Committee that the Attorney General's advice was "pretty terminal" for Mrs May's plan.

If that is defeated - the likely outcome - lawmakers will vote Thursday on whether to delay Brexit, something that needs to be approved by the European Union nations too.

The move is aimed at addressing the concerns of hard-Brexiteers in her own Conservative Party and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which provides her government with its majority in the House of Commons.

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The deal achieved in talks with Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission (EC), was a "joint legally binding instrument" that will sit alongside the withdrawal agreement that would allow the United Kingdom to trigger a formal dispute against the EU if it tried to keep the United Kingdom within the backstop indefinitely.

GBP/AUD Exchange Rate Drops as Irish Backstop Issue Weakens May's Deal Ahead of Vote The Pound Australian Dollar (GBP/AUD) exchange rate plummeted to -1.6% today and is now trading around AU$1.824 on the inter-bank market.

Ireland's leader, Leo Varadkar, said the developments were positive and that the deal agreed Monday night was "complementary" to the withdrawal agreement.

Will the ERG back Theresa May's Brexit deal?

Sterling (GBP) fell against the Australian Dollar (AUD) as Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal is due to face a parliamentary vote today.

The Independent Group - the recently-formed contingent of 11 former Labour and Tory MPs - has tabled an amendment to the motion to be debated, calling for an extension to Article 50 so Parliament can agree the terms of a so-called People's Vote.

MPs are expected to vote at 7pm, with Environment Secretary Michael Gove saying it is "make your mind up time".

May said the new wording "will guarantee that the European Union can not act with the intent of applying the backstop indefinitely".

"It is not. These doubts and fears can now be put to bed".

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he hoped MPs would back the deal as "there is no alternative".


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