UK government’s Brexit talks with Labour to resume after weekend – May’s spokeswoman

UK government’s Brexit talks with Labour to resume after weekend – May’s spokeswoman

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government’s talks with the Labour Party to try to break the impasse over Brexit will resume after the weekend, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman said on Friday.

May opened talks with Labour a month ago after her deal to leave the European Union was rejected three times in parliament, but despite both sides saying they are constructive, there is little expectation of breakthrough next week. Continue reading UK government’s Brexit talks with Labour to resume after weekend – May’s spokeswoman

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BRITISH Prime Minister May tries to tweak defeated Brexit plan, refuses to rule out no-deal

BRITISH Prime Minister May tries to tweak defeated Brexit plan, refuses to rule out no-deal

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit on Monday by proposing to seek further concessions from the European Union on a plan to prevent customs checks on the Irish border.

With little time left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29, there is no agreement in London on how and even whether it should leave the world’s biggest trading bloc, and a growing chance of a dramatic ‘no-deal’ exit with no provisions to soften the economic shock.

After her Brexit divorce deal with Brussels was rejected by 432-202 lawmakers last Tuesday, the biggest defeat in modern British history, May has been searching for a way to get a deal through. Continue reading BRITISH Prime Minister May tries to tweak defeated Brexit plan, refuses to rule out no-deal

Theresa May tells MPs she has identified ‘three key changes’ needed to her Brexit policy

Theresa May tells MPs she has identified ‘three key changes’ needed to her Brexit policy

Scotland’s external affairs and culture secretary said it was welcome the UK government had finally bowed to pressure and scrapped the £65 registration fee for EU citizens who wanted to stay, but added that it should never have been introduced. She said this does not change the fact that EU citizens should not be asked to apply simply to retain the rights that they already have to live, work and study in Scotland. This has caused real anxiety for EU citizens in Scotland, who contribute so much to our economy and society. Continue reading Theresa May tells MPs she has identified ‘three key changes’ needed to her Brexit policy

Theresa May’s Brexit ‘plan B’ rejected by Europe

Theresa May’s Brexit ‘plan B’ rejected by Europe

Theresa May’s Plan B was bluntly ruled out by European leaders today just hours before she stood up to announce it to MPs.

Dublin delivered a firm “No” to Downing Street’s latest bid to go back to Brussels and ask for concessions on the backstop.

And the vice-president of the European Parliament also flatly rejected two other ideas being hastily floated as ways of defusing the Brexit deal: one being to remove the backstop from the EU agreement and replace it with an Anglo-Irish treaty; the other being to rewrite the Good Friday agreement that underpins the peace process.

The triple-No to Mrs May followed a weekend of political confusion as ministers argued over how best to break the deadlock in Parliament and backbenchers plotted openly to seize the reins. Continue reading Theresa May’s Brexit ‘plan B’ rejected by Europe