Published: Sat, March 02, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

With Four Weeks to Go, There's Calm Within the Brexit Storm

With Four Weeks to Go, There's Calm Within the Brexit Storm

In his letter of resignation, he voiced concern that Mrs May had handed MPs "direct control of events" by announcing that if her Agreement is defeated, she will offer them a vote on whether to rule out a no-deal departure from the European Union on March 29 and whether to request an extension of talks.

On Tuesday, May gave Parliament a greater say over Brexit to forestall a rebellion by pro-EU members of her government, who threatened to quit and vote with the opposition in order to rule out a disruptive "no-deal" Brexit. Parliament should "do its duty so our country can move forward", she wrote.

After a deal she negotiated with European leaders was rejected on January 15 in the biggest parliamentary defeat in modern British history, May is hoping to bring back a tweaked divorce accord for a vote, which could come as early as next week but may not take place until March 12.

Indicating she had come to the decision reluctantly, Mrs May said: "Let me be clear, I do not want to see article 50 extended, our absolute focus should be on getting a deal and leaving on March 29".

A decision from British lawmakers over the withdrawal deal is more important than negotiating an extension to Brexit, the European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Thursday. 'It's nearly an admission from inside government that May won't/can't get her deal through'.

"We know that there are misgivings in Britain that the backstop could keep Britain forever connected to the EU", Michel Barnier said in an interview with Germany's Die Welt newspaper to be published on Saturday.

Traders backed off forecasts for a no-deal Brexit and began to expect a delay of the departure date beyond the current March 29 deadline.


If it is rejected, Parliament will then vote on whether to leave the European Union without an agreement or seek to postpone Brexit by up to three months. The lawmaker proposing each amendment can choose not to put it to a vote.

Dear Prime Minister, It is with tremendous sadness that I have chose to resign from the government following the decision this week to allow the postponement of our exit from the EU.

The amendment, which passed my a majority of 482 votes, stated that the government should seek an extension from the European Union, if MPs voted for it.

French President Emmanuel Macron weighed in on the extension of Brexit negotiations, and said the United Kingdom must have a good reason to seek a delay.

French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking in a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said a Brexit delay would need to be "justified" by "new British choices", suggesting that May's Government would need to signal where this is all headed - versus asking for more time just because they are stuck.

But he bowed to the pressure from the more EU-friendly wing of his party by offering a way to halt "a damaging Tory Brexit". A calendar of voting in three phases at the House of Commons has been set.

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