Published: Sat, March 02, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Fisheries minister George Eustice resigns to fight Brexit delay

Fisheries minister George Eustice resigns to fight Brexit delay

But if she fails, she has promised MPs votes on March 13 and March 14 on whether to leave the bloc without a deal, and if not, to seek a short delay.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Wednesday update parliament on her progress towards securing a Brexit deal, giving lawmakers the chance to challenge her approach and vote on alternatives.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on 29 March but is now on course to do so without a deal after British MPs overwhelmingly rejected the withdrawal agreement in January.

Former Conservative ministerial aid Alberto Costa's amendment (b), backed by 141 MPs, to ensure European Union citizens' rights in the United Kingdom after Brexit, with or without a deal.

But U.K. authorities acknowledged this week that neither individuals nor businesses are ready for a "no-deal" departure, and "the short time remaining before 29 March 2019 does not allow government to unilaterally mitigate the effects of no deal".

The EU's executive Commission has said talks must end in time for a March 21-22 summit, when the bloc's national leaders could endorse any amendments to the Brexit accord.

Grayling's ministry said its decision to rip up the deal came after an Irish firm that emerged as a possible supplier of ships for Seaborne Freight changed its mind.

It gained support from 141 MPs from different parties, and different sides of the Brexit debate, and was accepted by the government before being approved unanimously by MPs, without a vote.

MPs are nearly certain to reject such an option and will then have a 14 March vote on a short Brexit delay, probably extending until late June.

Corbyn, who voted against membership in 1975 and gave only reluctant backing to the 2016 campaign to remain in the European Union, on Wednesday gave ambiguous backing for another referendum, saying he would push for one alongside a national election.

He campaigned to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum and backed the approach set out by Mrs May at Chequers past year, when a number of Brexit-backing ministers resigned.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that the European Union would agree to extend the Brexit deadline beyond March 29 only if Britain justified such a request with a clear objective.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dramatically shifted his own position on Brexit this week by opening the door to backing a second referendum.

"We don't need more time: what we need most of all is a decision", French President Emmanuel Macron said after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris.

A senior Conservative source told i: "As long as they get anything new, which makes it clear the backstop can't go on indefinitely and has the same force as the agreement, is key".

The Tory insider, a former Cabinet minister, added the chances of Mrs May's deal passing through the Commons were "more likely". A calendar of voting in three phases at the House of Commons has been set.

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