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