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UK government opposes II Brexit referendum

The idea of a second Brexit referendum is very likely to be voted again in Westminster although the government remains opposed to the second plebiscite on the same issue of leaving the European Union, the British finance minister said.

I remain optimistic that over the next couple of months we will get a deal done,” he told reporters in Washington where he is attending meetings at the International Monetary Fund.

Philip Hammond said he hoped parliament would break the Brexit deadlock by passing a deal by the end of June, potentially ending the calls for a new referendum, and there was a “good chance” of a breakthrough in talks with the opposition Labour Party.

EU announces extraordinary Apirl Brexit Summit

Reflecting upon the third Westminster negative vote on the endorsed by the EU Article 50 Agreement, president of the European Council Donald Tusk calls for a Summit of the heads of states and governments in Brussels on April 10.

Earlier the same day on March 29 House of Commons have rejected Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement on the day the UK was due to leave the EU. The document has been negotiated for two years.

The government lost by 344 votes to 286, a margin of 58.

AMENDED:

From now onward the European Commission prepares for no-deal Brexit.

III Brexit vote on March 29

On March 28 the Commons Leader, Andrea Leadsom, revealed the government would give MPs another vote on Friday  March 29,  the day initially scheduled for the UK departure from the EU, but the Westminster has not come to an agreement on the way to leave the bloc.

According to the BBC News Theresa May government has  tabled a motion to be debated in the Commons on March 29.

However unlike previous votes on Article 50  Agreement, where MPs have been considering the deal endorsed by the EU, the third vote would include “one or two elements”.

“Part one is the withdrawal agreement – the legally binding document that sets out the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU. This includes a settlement, details of a transition period for after we leave and protections for citizens’ rights. It also includes the controversial backstop, or the insurance policy that aims to prevent a hard border returning to the island of Ireland.”

“Part two is the political declaration – non-legally binding document that outlines plans for the future relationship between the UK and the bloc after exit day.” BBC News reports.

Theresa May in her passionate plea ensured that she is prepared to quit for the sake of the deal her government proposed.

However DUP leader Arlene Foster repeated her party it not going to support the deal for the reasons expressed twice in debate for the previous votes.

 

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June 30 Brexit deadline announced

Theresa May announced June 30 as a new deadline for Brexit to be requested at the upcoming European Union Summit on 21-22 March in Brussels.

The leader of a recently established Brexit party,  Member of European Parliament,  Nigel Farage has immediately reacted on a new deadline, insisting there should not be any extension “in first place”. He also requested the guarantees that the new deadline would be respected: “why should we believe her?” Farage wrote in his Tiwtter micro blog.

AMENDED: According to President of the European Commission press-person the telephone consultation between him and Prime Minister Theresa May are ongoing.

May does not prepare II referendum

Theresa May government is not preparing for a second referendum on Brexit, ministers said on Sunday December 16, defending the text of  Prime Minister’s deal with EU27,  intending to get Westminster approval with a few amendments.

While May is confronted with a deadlock in House of Commons over the deal and the EU refuses to renegotiate the deal so far, more politicians are considering the possibility of the UK leaving without an agreement or a second referendum that could stop Brexit from happening.

The EU27 has prepared legal grounds  to accept the UK cancellation of the request to leave the bloc under Article 50. However there is a general consensus among the UK legal experts, that the second referendum would discredit the entire mechanism of plebiscite, and should be avoided in principle, dividing referendums outcome on ‘suitable‘ and ‘unsuitable‘, thus adopt an opportunistic approach.

 

UK to reveal post-Brexit immigration policy

UK will outline its post-Brexit immigration policy next week, House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom announced, confirming the release of publication awaited by Britons and foreigners.

The new strategy will prioritize high-skilled workers and give the European Union citizens the same rights as to those from elsewhere after Britain leaves end March 2019. The policy will meet businesses interests to attract employees from overseas but at the same time keep promise to control the UK borders.

 

EU drafts Irish border solutions to save Brexit deal

European Unionstands ready to examine whether any further assurance can be provided” to the UK over the Irish border in Article 50 Agreement between the EU27 and the Britain.

The EU institutions are preparing a draft of a document the for British Prime Minister Theresa May  to facilitate  the divided Westminster to approve their Brexit deal, underlining said any such clarifications would not “change or contradict” the Agreement.

The 27 EU member-states have not reached consent on large parts of the draft text and the European diplomats presume the draft will be a subject of changes. The part of the text on the EU’s readiness to provide more assurances to the UK is under scrutiny of the Irish.

There is an opinion among the  European diplomats that Theresa May is seeking to terminate the Irish backstop after three years of transitional period, while Irish are insisting  on an agreement without an expiration date, but with a possibility to be replaced by another negotiated deal in the future, however the will be no situation of a political vacuum in this case.

Image above: illustration, Michel Barnier in Europa building.

Europarl leaders refuse Brexit deal revision

The Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament political groups informed that the Withdrawal Agreement is fair and balanced and the it is only deal possible. It is therefore one not open to renegotiation.

 

The Conference of Presidents, together with the Brexit Steering Group, discussed  the state of play of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

The Conference took note that the meaningful vote in the House of Commons on the Withdrawal Agreement had been deferred and that the UK Prime Minister had held meetings yesterday with a number of European leaders to explore ways to facilitate the UK’s ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement.

The Conference reconfirmed its view that the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration are fair and balanced and represent, given EU principles, current UK red lines and the commitments set out in the Good Friday Agreement, the only deal possible to ensure an orderly withdrawal from the European Union. It stressed that renegotiating the backstop was not possible since it is the guarantee that in whatever circumstances there could be no hardening of the border on the island of Ireland. The Conference reiterated that without a backstop Parliament would not give its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement.

The Conference also reiterated its support for as close as possible future EU-UK relationship such that the deployment of the backstop would not be necessary. The President and group leaders reaffirmed that the backstop is in any case to be used only as a measure of last resort. All efforts to make this point clear were welcomed.

The Conference noted that failure to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement would mean no transition period following the exit from the EU. It called on the Commission and the Member States to continue and intensify their work on no-deal planning.

  • The Conference finally noted that Parliament’s consent to the Withdrawal Agreement would be facilitated by UK government assurances as regards implementation of the citizens’ rights provisions of the Agreement in those areas outlined in a ‘diplomatic bag‘ correspondence with the Home Office.

The Conference of Presidents agreed to return to the issue of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union at its next meeting.

May survives ordeal trial in Westminster

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a confidence vote from her Conservative party, but more than a third of her own political family said she was no longer the right leader to implement Britain’s exit from the European Union.

After two hours of voting in the House of Commons, Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers, said 200 Conservative lawmakers had voted in support of May as leader, and 117 against, open about the fact of her party was bitterly divided over the direction.

The outcome gave a glimpse of hope for an orderly Brexit procedure, endorsed by both parties: the EU27 and the UK.

However the news was not met with much of enthusiasm by the Brexiteers, predicting that the deal will not pass, and the major crisis is  looming.

 

 

Brexit vote in House of Commons postponed

Prime Minister Theresa May abruptly postponed a the vote on Article 50 deal in House of Commons, admitting there is obstacle on the way to implement the scheduled steps of departure.

May’s decision on the eve of the scheduled parliamentary vote leaves the leadership on crossroads, with two major contrasting scenarios ahead: leaving the EU under WTO rules without an deal with former members of the EU bloc, or the second referendum on EU membership. May’s own position could be in jeopardy, which encourages the opposition parties to call her to resign.

May said she has not changed her indention to put her negotiated Brexit deal for approval of the members of parliament. But she would first ask the EU for more “reassurances” over the main architecture: a “backstop” to ensure no hard border on the island of Ireland, which is characterized by the critics as a trap to  indefinitely abide to the EU rules.

AMENDED: Nigel Farage, (UKIP) Member of the European Parliament said that he experienced the postponing of the vote in House of Commons as “national humiliation“, and added he is sure in the EU “they are laughing at us“.

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