Theresa May Promises U.K. Lawmakers Brexit Vote by February 27

Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer

It comes after Theresa May was warned that up to 40 ministers could resign if they were not given a vote against a no-deal Brexit.

She said: 'I'm certain of one thing, it's that it's not going to be as good as if there had not been Brexit, that is for sure.

Jeremy Corbyn has accused May of a "cynical" attempt to run down the clock before the March 29 Brexit date in order to leave MPs with a stark choice of accepting her deal or crashing out of the European Union without any agreement. But a member of May's cabinet pledged Sunday to give parliament a further ballot two weeks later - a measure meant to give the premier more time for talks with the EU.

May wants to win over lawmakers in her Conservative Party with changes relating to the Northern Irish border, but the EU has refused to reopen that part of the deal and instead wants May to pursue a compromise with the main opposition Labour Party by agreeing closer UK-EU ties. "There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

British International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Swiss Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin, who heads the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, finalized the deal between their countries in Bern on Monday.


"It's this blinkered approach that's got us to where we are, with her never wanting to see where the real majority is in parliament".

Dr Fox has been leading the process of either "rolling over" these deals - by mirroring their terms in new agreements bespoke to the United Kingdom - or negotiating fresh deals.

Brexit minister Stephen Barclay will meet European Union negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday to discuss changes to the part of the exit deal relating to the "backstop", an insurance policy against the return of a hard border between European Union member Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland.

Last month, Parliament voted in favour of an amendment that supported most of the PM's deal but called for backstop - which is a last-resort option to prevent a hard border in Ireland - to be replaced with "alternative arrangements".

A number of government ministers will also be meeting their counterparts across the continent this week, in order to underline Mrs May's determination to achieve a deal. The backstop is the main obstacle to securing agreement on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

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