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Pub Bore Bureaucrat Olly Robbins: Accept May's Deal or We'll Delay Brexit

Pub Bore Bureaucrat Olly Robbins: Accept May's Deal or We'll Delay Brexit

Mrs May sought to appease restive MPs on both sides by promising them "a bigger say" in the negotiations for a longer-term deal with the European Union, which will be thrashed out in the coming 18-plus months after Brexit day. Jeremy Corbyn in Prime Minister's Questions.

Brexit is scheduled for March 29 and British Prime Minister Theresa May has not been able to finalise an arrangement with the bloc after her deal was rejected by the British Parliament with overwhelming majority in January.

She faced accusations that she's deliberately running down the clock in order to blackmail Parliament into backing her divorce package under the threat of a chaotic, no-deal split that could hit the pound by as much as 25 per cent.

The prime minister's office said she would tell parliament that "the talks are at a crucial stage". The final vote on whether Britain leaves the European Union on March 29 with a deal would be pushed back into March.

Parliament is to hold a debate on Brexit on February 14, but with just 45 days until Britain leaves the bloc it is not expected to change the course of the exit process, and no date has been set for another vote to approve or reject May's deal.

Barclay on Monday evening had been expected to argue for unspecified "alternative arrangements", a time limit to the backstop, or a unilateral exit clause from the backstop, which keeps the United Kingdom aligned with the EU's customs union. "We now all need to hold our nerve to get the changes this house requires and deliver Brexit on time", May told lawmakers.

Some lawmakers want to use Thursday's votes to impose conditions on May's Conservative government in an attempt to rule out a cliff-edge "no deal" Brexit that would see Britain crash out of the European Union without a framework for smooth future relations.

She will urge MPs to "hold our nerve" to get the changes to the Brexit deal.

New Zealand village 'in hands of God' as fire threatens
Farmers and contractors in parts of the region have been banned from using machinery that could generate to sparks or fire. New Zealand Red Cross Communications Manager Ellie van Baaren said evacuees were exhausted and frustrated.

The EU has remained adamant that no changes would be made to the withdrawal agreement, which together with the political declaration is part of the deal the two sides negotiated over 18 painstaking months.

Brexiteer MPs in her Conservative Party are particularly unhappy with the so-called backstop provision meant to keep the border with Ireland free-flowing.

As the deadline looms, May would then put her revised deal to Parliament in London to approve, forcing politicians to choose between an orderly divorce and a potentially chaotic no-deal Brexit that could hit the pound by as much as 25 percent.

House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom, who is in charge of the parliamentary timetable, denied that the government was wasting time.

May "is playing for time and playing with people's jobs, our economic security and the future of our industry", said Corbyn.

Asked whether the comments reflect Government policy, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'No.

Senior officials were in Dublin and Strasbourg on Tuesday to seek a way through the impasse, she said.

Brussels has reiterated it would not re-open the Brexit deal agreed on in November. On Monday, figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed the economy shrunk by 0.4 per cent in December and that it grew by 1.4 per cent past year, the slowest rate since 2009.


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