May seeks more time from MPs for Brexit talks

May seeks more time from MPs for Brexit talks

Monday, February 11, 2019

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — The British Government sought to win more time yesterday to secure European Union (EU) concessions that could pass parliament and avert a chaotic split from the bloc on March 29.

Businesses and governments are on edge because Britain is just weeks away from its scheduled departure from the European project after 46 years, but still has no firm arrangements in place.

The UK Parliament last month roundly rejected a Brexit deal Prime Minister Theresa May had sealed with the remaining 27 EU leaders.

MPs are set to vote on Britain’s Brexit options on February 14. But a member of May’s Cabinet pledged yesterday to give parliament a further ballot two weeks later a measure meant to give the premier more time for talks with the EU.

Her meetings in Brussels last Thursday made no breakthrough, and fears of a “no-deal” scenario that gridlocks trade are running high.

May’s Housing Minister James Brokenshire insisted yesterday that the Government had a clear strategy and timeline aimed at getting an agreement which Britain’s splintered parliament can pass.

“What gives certainty is a deal, and that’s why we want to see people getting behind us, getting behind this process that we now have,” Brokenshire told the BBC.

He pledged to give Parliament a new vote on Britain’s options by February 27, if May does not come back with new concessions before then.

In the vote this week lawmakers are set to vote on amendments that could limit May’s options and give parliament a broader say over the Brexit process.

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