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Brexit: Theresa May Wins MPs Backing – to renegotiate Backstop with EU

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Brexit: Theresa May Wins MPs Backing. PM to return to EU and renegotiate Irish Border backstop

MPs backed seeking alternative arrangements to replace the Irish backstop in Theresa May’s Brexit plan.

The proposal was put forward by Tory MP Sir Graham Brady.  It had the support of the government and won by 16 votes.

Theresa May urged MPs to vote in favour of it.  It would give her a mandate to return to Brussels and re-open negotiations in order to secure a legally binding change.

But the EU said it will not change the legal text agreed with the UK PM.

Speaking after the result the President of the European Council Donald Tusk said the plan is not open for re-negotiation. And remains the best and only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Mrs May told the Commons there was now a “substantial and sustainable” majority in the Commons for leaving the EU with a deal.  But admitted renegotiation “will not be easy”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would now meet the prime minister – having refused to until she ruled out a no deal Brexit – to discuss the next steps.

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2 Responses to “Brexit: Theresa May Wins MPs Backing – to renegotiate Backstop with EU”

  1. Marktime January 30, 2019 at 4:38 am #

    What a farce . How much longer can this Remainer carry on trying ( not very hard ) to negotiate a withdrawal from the clutches of the EU. that the people voted for in 2016.

    Thanks to the incompetence of our governmemt and poor show of our dogmatic Prime Minister Britain has become a laughing stock in the EU because of incompetence of our servants, who handed over sovereignty to the EU.
    MP’s need to listen to the people and abide by the referendum decision of 2016 or our democracy is challenged. The people voted to leave not to remaain in the EU. The conservative party functions on integrity not manipulation by a few self serving MP’s wanting to stay. Britain’s people do not support bullies like the EU so must now leave, we had a vote, the people decided ‘leave’ and the promise was made to leave. So what is the
    problem. Democracy in action vs Dictatorship. and £10 billion a year membership and £39 billion saved in exit fees. Get real EU & GB and wake up .

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