Theresa May’s Brexit hopes lifted as Tory MPs show willing

Theresa May’s Brexit hopes lifted as Tory MPs show willing

Theresa May’s Brexit hopes lifted as Tory MPs show willing

Graham Brady, chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of Conservative lawmakers, expressed optimism that a breakthrough was close. "We need substantive changes that will allow the attorney general to change his advice to the government that says that, at the moment, theoretically, we could be trapped in the backstop indefinitely".

With the scheduled date of Brexit just 23 days away on March 29, Environment Secretary Michael Gove warned that MPs may be asked to give up their Easter break - due to begin on April 4 - to deal with the avalanche of legislation which needs to be passed.

The Brexit deal of PM May was rejected in Brussels by a large majority of the lawmakers last January.

British Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled £1.6 billion (US$2.12 billion, 1.87 billion euros) in regional development funds Monday in what opposition MPs dismissed as a "desperate bribe" to persuade them to back her Brexit deal.

The talks between Cox, U.K. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier ended with no agreement after more than three hours.

The European Research Group, a group of Tory Eurosceptics led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, has agreed that a group of eight lawyers, seven of them MPs, will scrutinise and pass judgment on the final compromise offered by the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox.

As May seeks to win over lawmakers, a group of prominent Brexit rebels set out the changes they want to see to the agreement in return for their support: it must be legally binding, clear and set out an exit route for the backstop.

The EU sees the provision as vital to preserving the peace process in Northern Ireland but London fears it will tie Britain indefinitely to an EU customs union.

"I have always said whatever happens in negotiations, we are a strong country and will find a way to prosper".

"Voters will not be fooled - especially those in areas which voted Leave and are now demanding a People's Vote because they know, whichever way you do it, Brexit will harm their futures". And there are a variety of views within the ERG itself, with some leading figures taking a more hardline approach than others.

If it rejects the deal, MPs will have a vote on whether to leave without a deal and then on whether to delay Brexit, probably by a few months until the end of June.

Cox, the British government's top lawyer, told Sky News television he had put forward some "very reasonable proposals" during his talks. But the wording of the document is understood to allow her considerable leeway to achieve a compromise that the European Union could also agree to.

Labour - which has gone further than May by saying it would automatically keep pace with new European Union laws on workers' rights - described the government's offer as a "pathetic bribe".

Britain's opposition Labour Party does not want a second Brexit referendum but has been forced into supporting one by Prime Minister Theresa May running down the clock on negotiations, Labour's finance spokesman John McDonnell said.

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