May set to prom­ise new Brexit de­bate

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES GLOBAL -

London: Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May will pledge this week to give par­lia­ment an­other chance to voice their opin­ions on Brexit by Fe­bru­ary 27 as she tries to buy more time to ne­go­ti­ate a new deal with the Euro­pean Union.

As the clock ticks down to Bri­tain’s sched­uled exit on March 29, May is try­ing to per­suade the EU to change a deal that was agreed be­tween London and Brus­sels last year but re­jected by par­lia­ment in Jan­uary. 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 op­po­si­tion Labour Party by agree­ing closer UK-EU ties.

The im­passe has left the UK fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture, rat­tling fi­nan­cial mar­kets and busi­nesses about the prospect of a dis­or­derly exit from the bloc that could dam­age the econ­omy. Hous­ing min­ster James Bro­ken­shire said on Sun­day May would com­mit to giv­ing par­lia­ment an­other de­bate on Brexit with the chance to vote on al­ter­na­tive op­tions, if a deal had not yet been agreed and voted upon by then.

May is due to up­date par­lia­ment on her progress to­wards a deal on Wed­nes­day and then on Thurs­day to give par­lia­ment a chance to ex­press their opin­ion. The new pledge would be for a re­peat of this process by Fe­bru­ary 27.

Reuters

PM May is due to up­date par­lia­ment on her progress to­wards a deal on Wed­nes­day

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