Britain braces for decisive week of Brexit votes

Brexit Talks 'Deadlocked' Despite Appeal to EU for Last-Minute Concession

Brexit Talks 'Deadlocked' Despite Appeal to EU for Last-Minute Concession

The talks are still continuing on Monday, only a day before the withdrawal agreement, which May said the backstop would be replaced by alternative arrangements, will see a second vote in the parliament on Tuesday.

Here's what you need to know about the week ahead.

The first of the votes comes tomorrow.

He then revealed that May has "secured legally-binding changes that strengthen and improve the Withdrawal Agreement and political declaration".

Some British politicians call this a "Hotel California" Brexit, because, from their perspective, "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave".

But Yvette Cooper, an opposition party lawmaker who has led efforts to hand Parliament more control over Brexit, said Parliament would try to take control of the exit process if May is unable to build a consensus. The mechanism, known as the backstop, is a safeguard that would keep the U.K.in a customs union with the EU until a permanent new trading relationship is in place. That could provoke violence, given the border's violent political history.

On Tuesday, they will be asked if they support May's deal.

Britain's beleaguered prime minister would declare a personal victory and the United Kingdom would enter a transition period until the end of 2020.

Because of this refusal to countenance the possibility of walking away without a deal and executing the will of the British people, the nation's negotiators have been effectively hobbled and forced into a position where, far from Theresa May's once-stated position that "no deal is better than a bad deal", it now appears to be Parliament's position is that a bad deal is better than no deal.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to reveal Monday (11 March) what changes, if any, she has secured to her European Union divorce deal, on the eve of a crucial vote in parliament less than three weeks before Brexit day. She appealed to Labour, Conservative and Scottish Nationalist Party members to back the deal and defer seeking changes until they debate legislation in the weeks ahead.

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If her deal is rejected, there will be two more votes this week to give MPs the final say on ruling out a no-deal scenario.

Many products that now trade seamlessly between United Kingdom and the EU would be expected to face tariffs and inspections when Britain leaves the European Union near the end of this month.

Barnier's basic idea would keep Northern Ireland in the EU's trade orbit, something already rejected previously by London in the hard-fought Brexit negotiations as weakening the province's ties to the rest of the United Kingdom.

To guide the Eurosceptics, the deal was due to be examined by a committee of eight lawyers in the ERG, including Sir Bill Cash and the former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab.

Lawmakers would then vote on Wednesday or Thursday on whether to postpone Brexit, which might be the only choice at that point.

Supporters of Brexit say that while the divorce might bring some short-term instability, in the longer term it will allow the United Kingdom to thrive and also enable deeper European Union integration without such a powerful reluctant member.

The EU will have to agree to any extension to article 50 and the commission's secretary general, Martin Selmayr, told ambassadors on Monday that the safest delay to Brexit would only be up to 23 May, ensuring that elections to the European parliament would not create complications.

The Daily Telegraph reports sources that claim the bill could rise by as much as a third, and that even a short delay could add billions to the amount demanded by the EU.

How long is this going to drag out?

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