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British PM Theresa May trying to break Brexit deadlock

23 January 2019, 12:56 | Vera Richards

May seeks bilateral deal on Irish border to break Brexit impasse

Polish foreign minister proposes limiting backstop

Likewise, British Prime Minister Theresa May, having failed to secure parliamentary approval for her Brexit deal, now must negotiate either with the opposition Labour Party or with Tory Brexiteers and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionists who prop up her government.

If the government fails, then parliament would be given a binding vote on Article 50 extension to prevent no-deal.

Mr Czaputowicz also told the Rzeczpospolita daily in Poland that a five-year limit on the backstop could "resolve the (Brexit) issue" and that he had discussed with his British and Irish counterparts in December.

Her comments represent another indication that the UK's troubled divorce from the European Union will need more time.

One of the proposals would enable MPs to debate and vote on Brexit issues, giving them far greater influence over government strategy.

His amendment came as backbencher Yvette Cooper published her own separate, cross-party bill aimed at instructing Theresa May to delay Brexit by nine months if agreement can't be found before February 26.

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"Brexit is the most stupid economic decision for a long time, the worst thing that can happen", Kasper Rorsted, boss of German sportswear firm Adidas, told the Suddeutsche Zeitung.

The only glimmer of hope she offered for May amounted to a clear restatement of the government's position - if the United Kingdom shifted its red lines of exiting the customs union and the single market, that might address some of the concerns the backstop is created to cover, she said.

The formula of "keeping all options on the table" sticks to the compromise agreed by the Labour Party past year that has enabled Corbyn, a lifelong Euroskeptic, to hold off demands from rank-and-file members and lawmakers to support a second referendum.

The Prime Minister also warned against a second European Union referendum, saying it "would set a hard precedent that could have significant implications for how we handle referendums in this country - not least, strengthening the hand of those campaigning to break up our United Kingdom".

The Labour leadership is now walking the tightrope of wanting to offer MPs a vote on a second referendum without actually endorsing the plan itself.

It emerged overnight the Labour leader's amendment acknowledges a re-run is an "option" Parliament must consider, alongside renegotiating the deal.

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Then, the most obvious next step is returning to Brussels and getting further assurances from the European Union on the future relationship, pertaining in particular to the Irish Border "backstop".

Slack appeared to lay out the next battle with Parliament, saying the government doesn't regard votes on Brexit amendments scheduled for January 29 to be legally binding, but rather "an opportunity for the House to express its will".

"Our amendment will allow MPs to vote on options to end this Brexit deadlock and prevent the chaos of a no deal".

"Contrary to what the Prime Minister just said there was no flexibility, there were no negotiations - nothing had changed".

HuffPost UK understands that some shadow ministers will insist that the "legislation" outlined in the Corbyn amendment would include two options: "remain" and a credible Leave option.

He said he received assurances that the European Union remains "firmly supportive" of the withdrawal agreement in its entirety, including the guarantees around no hard border in Ireland. "Now we must at last find out what they want", he said.

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"The #GFA is an global peace treaty, lodged with the @UN - it also has a mandate of 94% in Ireland and 71% in Northern Ireland". Both groups say they won't back the deal unless the border backstop is removed.

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