Brit PM may let Par­lia­ment de­cide

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LON­DON — Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May said Thurs­day she may give Par­lia­ment a greater role in im­ple­ment­ing her con­tro­ver­sial Brexit deal as she sought to res­cue the agree­ment from a widely ex­pected de­feat.

May’s ef­forts to win sup­port came as Bri­tish news­pa­pers re­ported that the House of Com­mons could re­ject her di­vorce deal with the Euro­pean Union by more than 100 votes when they vote on it Tues­day.

Law­mak­ers opened a third day of de­bate on the agree­ment Thurs­day, fo­cus­ing on eco­nomic is­sues that could af­fect Bri­tons for gen­er­a­tions.

May’s com­ments fo­cused on the so-called back­stop, which could keep the U.K. in a cus­toms union with the EU if the two sides can’t agree on an­other way to pre­vent a hard border be­tween


Ire­land, which is part of the

U.K., and the Repub­lic of Ire­land, which is part of the EU.

The pro­posal has sparked op­po­si­tion from all sides be­cause of con­cerns it would drive a wedge be­tween North­ern Ire­land and the rest of the U.K. while leav­ing the coun­try tied to the EU in­def­i­nitely.

May stressed in an in­ter­view with the BBC that it would be up the U.K. to de­cide whether to trig­ger the back­stop and that one way to ease the con­cerns of law­mak­ers would be to let Par­lia­ment make this de­ci­sion.

“There would be ar­gu­ments on dif­fer­ent sides at that point in time,” she said. “I think peo­ple are con­cerned about the role of the U.K. in mak­ing th­ese de­ci­sions, and the ob­vi­ous (thing to do) in terms of the role of the U.K. is for it to be Par­lia­ment that make th­ese de­ci­sions.”

May is stick­ing to her mantra that the di­vorce deal she ne­go­ti­ated over the past 2½ years will al­low the U.K. to take back con­trol of its money, laws and bor­ders.

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