MAY OF­FERS “NEW DEAL”

TO TRY TO BREAK BREXIT DEAD­LOCK

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May will set out on Tues­day a “new deal” for Bri­tain’s de­par­ture from the Euro­pean Union, her fourth at­tempt to break an impasse in par­lia­ment over Brexit that has plunged her gov­ern­ment into cri­sis.

Three years since Bri­tain voted to leave the EU and al­most two months af­ter the planned de­par­ture date, May is mount­ing a last bid to try to get a deeply di­vided par­lia­ment’s back­ing for a

di­vorce deal, to leave of­fice with some kind of legacy.

The odds do not look good. De­spite her spokesman say­ing the deal will in­clude “cer­tain sig­nif­i­cant new as­pects”, many law­mak­ers, hard­ened in their po­si­tions, have de­cided not to vote for the With­drawal Agree­ment Bill, leg­is­la­tion which im­ple­ments the terms of Bri­tain’s de­par­ture.

At a meet­ing of her top team of min­is­ters, May out­lined her plan to try to get the bill through par­lia­ment to se­cure Bri­tain’s exit from the EU with a deal. “The prime min­is­ter said that the With­drawal Agree­ment Bill is the ve­hi­cle which gets the United King­dom out of the Euro­pean Union and it is vi­tal to find a way to get it over the line,” her spokesman told re­porters.

“The prime min­is­ter will be set­ting out fur­ther de­tails on the way for­ward in a speech this af­ter­noon.” The speech will take place at 1500 GMT.

Her min­is­ters, like par­lia­ment and the rest of the coun­try, are split over Brexit, but the spokesman char­ac­ter­ized the hours-long meet­ing as one of “shared de­ter­mi­na­tion” to find a way to break the dead­lock.

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