Brexit: MPs to vote on Theresa May's deal

A fisherman joins demonstrators at a pro Brexit March to Leave protest at Newcastle Quayside in Newcastle England Friday

At a joint news conference, May and Juncker claimed to have succeeded. There was little indication on Monday night that minds had been changed in the wake of the new developments.

Sir Keir tweeted a picture of the document with the 19th paragraph highlighted in green, which states that the "the legal risk remains unchanged".

The government's defeat will embolden politicians calling for a second referendum on whether to leave the European Union or remain, though there is no clear majority in Parliament for that course. It is what you do with this second chance that counts. "Because there will be no third chance", Juncker warned.

The second vote on May's Brexit deal, up until last night, was widely believed to be likely rejected.

The main sticking point is the so-called Irish border backstop, an insurance policy aimed at avoiding controls on the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland after Brexit. The mechanism, known as the backstop, is a safeguard that would keep the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU until a permanent new trading relationship is in place. First, a joint instrument with comparable legal weight to the withdrawal agreement will guarantee that the European Union can not act with the intent of applying the backstop indefinitely. But the changes appear to fall well short of Brexiteers' demands for a unilateral British exit mechanism from the backstop.

Attorney General for England and Wales Geoffrey Cox, Britain's chief legal adviser, reviewed the changes to the deal and again said it carries too much risk.

GBP/AUD Outlook: Sterling Could Plummet Further if May's Deal is Rejected "Aussie" traders will be looking ahead to the publication of the Chinese FDI foreign direct investment figures for February tomorrow, and with China being Australia's largest trading partner, any signs of an increase could prove beneficial to the Australian Dollar.

It says that if the two sides aren't able to conclude a free-trade deal that supersedes the backstop "nothing in the Withdrawal Agreement would prevent it from instigating measures that could ultimately lead to disapplication" of backstop obligations.

Parliament Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May centre laughs during the Brexit debate in the House of Commons
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May said the government would not instruct her own party's MPs how to vote, as would normally be the case. As a result, she can not be forced from office for a year.

Many fear that Brexit will divide the West as it grapples with both the unconventional USA presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China, leaving Britain economically weaker and with its security capabilities depleted.

She said the legal arguments were set to "rage" all day, with Attorney General Geoffrey Cox expected to update his advice on the deal, as he faces pressure to appear in person before MPs.

Brexit-supporting MPs had said they would look at what Mrs May achieved before the vote, but that she would have to show a clear way for the backstop to end.

"It would be very hard for the prime minister to stay in office for very much longer", Morgan told the BBC.

Brexiteers, including those from her own party, are vehemently opposed to any deal that could result in the United Kingdom remaining tied to the European Union for an indefinite period.

But the rest of the EU is reluctant to postpone Brexit beyond the late May elections for the EU's legislature, the European Parliament.

Does Theresa May have the votes in the House of Commons?



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