Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Japan's Abe welcomes Brexit deal during phone talk with May

Japan's Abe welcomes Brexit deal during phone talk with May

The US President said that the Withdrawal Agreement "sounds like a great deal for the EU".

He added: "We want to exercise our ancient parliamentary privileges to tell our MPs that we don't think this deal is good enough and we desperately want you to reject the deal and give us a People's Vote".

"That wouldn't be a good thing".

Alongside the prime minister's words, the government published a "press rebuttal" blog expanding on her arguments and setting out Britain's plans to pursue a range of post-Brexit trade deals and play an active role on the world stage.

Addressing the Commons the day after returning from Brussels, Mrs May said: "I can say to the House with absolute certainty that there is not a better deal available".

That, Javed said, would be "an extreme scenario", because in pushing for a referendum, the United Kingdom could ultimately end up leaving the European Union with no deal at all.

May's spokesman said there had already been positive and productive discussions on an ambitious trade deal through joint working groups and cited public consultations on both sides of the Atlantic as signs of progress.

"We have already been laying the groundwork for an ambitious agreement with the USA through our joint working groups, which have met five times so far", said a spokesperson for the office.

The agreement sealed on Sunday prepares for Britain's smooth exit from the European Union on March 29, 2019, and sets out a vision for "as close as possible a partnership" afterwards.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, urged May to seek a softer, Plan B Brexit deal and warned her current plan would struggle to pass the Commons vote, which would be a act of "national self-harm", he said.

"To do that we need to get on with Brexit now by getting behind this deal", she wrote.

The House of Commons will vote on the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration on Dec.11. European Parliament president Antonio Tajani said a "large majority" of MEPs were in favour of the deal. "A deal that delivers for the British people".

But her former defence secretary, Michael Fallon, until now an ally of May, said Trump's comment couldn't be ignored.

In her statement May said she recognized concerns over the backstop, a measure included in the agreement to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish republic.

In a sign she intends to appeal directly to voters, Mrs May said parliamentarians had a "duty" to listen to their constituents before taking their decision in the national interest.

May, who ducked televised debates during the 2017 snap general election, challenged Corbyn to a TV contest, nominally planned for December 9.

Scores of legislators - from both the opposition and May's governing Conservative Party - have vowed to oppose it. Rejection would plunge Britain into a political crisis and potential financial turmoil just weeks before it is due to leave the European Union on March 29.

The report, written with the help of more than a dozen USA government agencies and departments, said the effects of climate change would harm human health, damage infrastructure, limit water availability, alter coastlines and increase costs in various industries.

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