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European Union happy to give assurances over backstop, says Irish PM

09 January 2019, 01:25 | Brenda Erickson

Image The PM will head up a new 'no-deal' Brexit committee next week

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Britain plans to hold a vote in Parliament on January 15 on the government's deal to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesperson said Tuesday after a meeting of senior ministers.

Labour MP Yvette Cooper who, along with Conservative Nicky Morgan, is behind the amendment, said Parliament must act now to rule out a no deal in the event of Mrs May's agreement being voted down next week and MPs being unable to agree any other course of action before the UK's exit in March.

The change to the Finance Bill will require the government to either extend Article 50 or gain the approval of parliament before being able to use tax-raising powers in the event of "no deal".

Wall Street Journal editor-at-large Gerry Baker says British PM Theresa May survived her party's no-confidence vote because there is no time to elect a new leader before the January 21 deadline for the Brexit deal to be finalized.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as the next vote began, turned and applauded Ms Cooper, also giving a thumbs up.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May has said she wants stronger assurances from the European Union that a "backstop" arrangement to guarantee an open Irish border after Brexit can not become permanent.

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Earlier, speaking to the Press Association in Los Angeles, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said: "Parliament needs to understand that if we're not able to come to Parliament and get a deal, then we may end up leaving the European Union with no deal". "The government is attempting to force parliament to panic by refusing to take no deal off the table".

More than 200 MPs from across the Commons have been invited to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister today after signing a letter calling on her to rule out no-deal.

Mr Barclay addressed some of the complexities of extending Article 50, a move which would need to be approved by the EU and could involve the United Kingdom taking part in European parliamentary elections in May.

Liam Fox, the worldwide trade secretary, called the amendment "irresponsible" as it would tie the hands of the government.

"The work to secure those assurances is ongoing".

Mr Jenrick said clause 89, which was the subject of the amendment, ensured no more than "the most minor and technical changes", adding: "Clause 89 is simply prudent preparation to provide our taxpayers with the certainty they deserve".

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She repeatedly sidestepped questions about whether she would keep putting the deal back to MPs if it gets rejected, instead saying: "If the deal is not voted on, this vote that is coming up, then actually we are going to be in uncharted territory".

May's advisers are understood to be considering an amendment making approval of the deal subject to the Government obtaining assurances that the Irish backstop, the fallback plan meant to prevent a hard border, will be temporary.

Adding that voting against the government was "very much against my will", Letwin said: "I will continue to do so right up to the end of March, in the hope that we can put pay to this disastrous proposal".

The Prime Minister has continually said her terms represent a "good deal" and that no-deal exit is not her preferred outcome.

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Assets worth almost 800 billion pounds are being moved from Britain to new financial hubs in the European Union ahead of Brexit, said EY.

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