Published: Wed, January 23, 2019
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Brexit: May says European Union unlikely to extend Article 50 without a plan

Brexit: May says European Union unlikely to extend Article 50 without a plan

The Labour amendment calls for lawmakers to be given a vote on options including the opposition party's alternative plan for a permanent customs union with the EU and a strong relationship to the bloc's single market.

If the Government fails, then Parliament would be given a vote on whether to extend Article 50 by nine months to avoid no deal.

Mr Czaputowicz also told the Rzeczpospolita daily in Poland that a five-year limit on the backstop could "resolve the (Brexit) issue" and that he had discussed with his British and Irish counterparts in December.

He said it was in Ireland´s interests to help Britain leave the European Union with a deal, saying they would be far more hurt by a no-deal Brexit that Britain as most of their trade comes through the UK.

But almost a week after May's deal was heavily defeated by MPs, Corbyn claimed that Labour's plan would allow parliament to break the deadlock.

Corbyn's amendment, which will be heard next week, includes the key line that one option for MPs should be "legislating to hold a public vote on a deal or a proposition that has commanded the support of the majority of the House of Commons".

But Mrs Long Bailey reiterated to BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the party was "prioritising" its own Brexit deal.

Noting that worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox had complained that MPs were trying to steal Brexit, he said: "They have had it served up to them on a plate through a wide-open window".

The Prime Minister said the UK Government would waive the £65 fee for European Union nationals to apply for settled status in the UK and offered an "enhanced role" for devolved administrations in the remaining Brexit process.

Hardline supporters of Brexit in May's Conservative party object above all to the fact that Britain can not unilaterally end the backstop, which would keep it in a customs union with the EU until an alternative way of ensuring an open border is found. Brussels says this provision is non-negotiable.

U.S. dollar bulls saw some level of positive action as International Monetary Fund (IMF) reduced its global growth forecast for 2019 for the second time in the last six months.

The move was welcomed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Unveiling his official amendment to the government's plans, the Labour leader said for the first time that parliament should be allowed to "legislate" for a new public vote on the UK's future relations with the EU.

The report suggested Britain would seek to amend the accord to add that Britain would ensure there was no hard border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. Brexit-backing lawmakers say it will leave the United Kingdom tethered to the bloc's rules and unable to forge an independent trade policy.

She will also table a "neutral" motion to be debated and voted on - along with any amendments tabled by MPs - on January 29. "After the result of the vote in the House of Commons, we said come closer to a possibility of a no-deal Brexit".

"And I will then take the conclusions of those discussions back to the European Union".

He also stressed it was important that there wasn't a hard border in Ireland, while making reference to a bomb that exploded Saturday night in the center of Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The PM and her senior ministers are taking stock of the high drama at Westminster as the battle over leaving the European Union reaches its endgame.

The government has said everyone already here can stay, and set up an online registration process with a fee of $A115 for adults.

Downing Street said it is "extremely concerned" by the backbenchers' moves.

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