Published: Tue, January 29, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Pressure on May to gain concessions on Brexit backstop

Pressure on May to gain concessions on Brexit backstop

Mr Coveney's comments were seen as a swipe at Tory Brexiteers hoping to use Commons amendments on Tuesday to try and force a change in direction on the backstop.

WHAT IT DOES: Give control over Parliamentary business to MPs.

Ahead of Tuesday's votes in the British parliament on a way forward, MPs in May's party are pushing for her to demand the European Union drop the backstop and replace it with something else.

A leading Brexit supporter says he will back Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit divorce deal with the European Union if she wins concessions on controversial language created to prevent border checks in Northern Ireland. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Mr Mackinlay, who is also on the committee, said: "This is just more Project Fear from a group of MPs who have never wanted the United Kingdom to leave the EU".

The one which appears to favoured by the government has been tabled by Conservative MP Sir Graham Brady.

The former Attorney General said that he supports the idea of MPs having a free vote on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, backing calls by Justice Secretary David Gauke and Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd.

In a bid to prevent a no-deal Brexit, the cross-party backed proposal would effectively wrest control of Commons business from the government for six individual days in the run-up to the UK's scheduled withdrawal date of 29 March with the intention of getting MPs to reach a consensus on how to handle it.

Its success depends on Labour whipping its MPs to back the move and a number of Tory Remainers giving it their support.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, the Foreign Affairs minister said opponents to the backstop had offered no "pragmatic, sensible and legally sound alternative" to avoiding a hard border in Ireland.

After the Prime Minister's overwhelming defeat on her deal a couple of weeks ago, some MPs are calling for a softer style Brexit.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has previously said Labour is "highly likely" to get behind the plan.

Demonstrators hold EU and Union flags during an anti-Brexit protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, December 17, 2018.

Amendments have been tacked on to the Labour push, with the Liberal Democrats calling for Remain to be on the ballot paper in any referendum, and Labour backbenchers urging parliament to legislate for a public vote.

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