Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

DUP issues its final demands to get May's deal over line

DUP issues its final demands to get May's deal over line

If it fails Government sources have said they will be forced to seek a long extension and the EU will demand the United Kingdom would have to stay under Brussels rule in the customs union and single market.

If MPs refuse to accept the deal on the table, or if the European Union grant a longer extension, then the Prime Minister can negotiate an entirely new deal.

The Commons voted on Thursday to authorise the prime minister to request an extension to the two-year Article 50 negotiation process.

It will be the last chance for such a major decision before the original intended Brexit day date of March 29.

Ms Fovargue has repeatedly stated her opposition to a so-called People's Vote as a way of settling the issue of Brexit and represents a Leave-voting heartland.

In total 17 Labour MPs voted against the amendment, which was defeated by 334 votes to 85.

She also voted against a Malthouse Compromise amendment to delay Brexit until May 22 and then leave the European Union without a full agreement in place, which failed.

The amendment by Hilary Benn, Yvette Cooper and Tory Oliver Letwin would allow 25 MPs from 5 parties to table a motion next Wednesday afternoon - the latest deadline for getting a Brexit deal - to change future Commons business.

Protesters plan to set out Saturday from Sunderland, which is 270 miles (434 kilometers) north of London that voted by 61-39 percent in 2016 to leave the EU. Options in the longer term might include agreeing to a softer kind of Brexit, holding a general election or a new referendum.

May is expected to again submit the withdrawal deal to lawmakers next week, though it has already been rejected twice.

As talks with the government continued, the DUP said there were still issues to addressed and denied that they were seeking money from the government. So, Parliament is faced with the same old unacceptable deal in MV3 this week.

However, remainers are also plotting to scupper her Brexit plan with Labour planning to back a backbench amendment calling for a referendum on Mrs May's deal.

The EU will terminate Britain's membership of the bloc on 1 July if the country does not take part in the European elections scheduled for 23-26 May, according to a document seen by the Financial Times.

EU Council President Donald Tusk, who coordinates the strategy of European leaders, said in a Twitter post Thursday that he wants government chiefs to be open to a "long extension" if Britain decides to "rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it".

"I've always said that what I would like to avoid is a rolling extension, where there is an extension every few months, that would just add to uncertainty and wouldn't solve the problem".

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