Theresa May is meeting European leaders and EU officials on Tuesday for talks aimed toward rescuing her Brexit deal. She is holding talks with Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Germany’s Angela Merkel after suspending a Commons vote on the deal. The UK PM has mentioned she wants “additional assurances” concerning the Northern Eire border plan to get backing from MPs.
European Commission President Jean Claude-Juncker stated the EU wouldn’t “renegotiate” the deal however there was room for “additional clarifications. “The prime minister is in search of authorized ensures that the UK is not going to be trapped within the Northern Eire backstop plan indefinitely.
Critics object to the backstop – a brief customs association designed to forestall the necessity for checkpoints on the Irish border if a protracted-time period answer that avoids them can’t be agreed – as a result of it imposes different rules in Northern Eire from the remainder of the UK. Additionally, they object to the truth that below the phrases of the withdrawal settlement, the UK can’t exit the backstop without the EU agrees.
Commons chief Andrea Leadsom stated Mrs. May was in search of to provide the UK Parliament a vote on whether or not to enter the backstop – and an annual vote on whether or not the nation wants to stay in it. She informed BBC Radio 4’s at present programme this could be completed in an “addendum” to the withdrawal settlement, without altering the principle textual content of it.
Requested if this could be sufficient to fulfill critics of her deal, she stated Mrs. May was “completely decided to get a deal Parliament can vote for. “MPs have to provide the go-forward for Mrs. May’s deal whether it is to come back into impact when the UK leaves the EU on 29 March.