May indicates MPs could decide if Northern Ireland backstop is triggered

May indicates MPs could decide if Northern Ireland backstop is triggered

Next week's parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's controversial Brexit deal will be one of the most momentous in decades.

Mrs May faced calls to postpone Tuesday's vote with senior Conservative MP Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, saying he would welcome the vote being deferred if no solution could be found to differences within the party over the backstop.

While there does exist a hardcore of "Brexiteers" who want Britain and Northern Ireland to leave the European Union with no deal, it is generally agreed that this is a minority view within Parliament.

MPs backed a move that could put Parliament in the driving seat if the Brexit deal is rejected on December 11 by giving the Commons the power to amend a motion that Mrs May would be required to make within the following 21 days to set out the government's next steps. If the pound comes under heavy pressure, the British parliament might be more likely to vote in favor the second time. "The idea that there's a better deal to be negotiated at the 11th hour is a delusion". "MPs, who are not trained lawyers, need to be fully aware of the implications and ramifications of the Brexit deal from a legal perspective". "Either will leave us a fractured society and divided nation".

The amendment - which is understood to have government support - would also give the devolved administrations - particularly the Northern Ireland Assembly - more say in the process, and press the United Kingdom and European Union to agree a future trade deal within a year of the implementation period ending.

May says her agreement on leaving the European Union would allow the U.K.to decide whether to invoke the backstop, created to ensure there is no hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The government on Wednesday finally published the six-page advice from the attorney general to cabinet, which warns of the "legal risk" inherent in a clause meant to keep open the border with Ireland.

A Brexit sign is seen between Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and Londonderry in Northern Ireland at the border village of Muff, Ireland.

However, it has already been rejected by Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, which is propping up Mrs May's government.

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May's critics, including both supporters and opponents of Brexit, say that means Britain could be subject to European Union laws long after it has given up any influence over determining them.

The adjustment would mean Parliament would have to approve a decision to trigger the backstop arrangement or extend the transition period beyond December 2020.

He said: "What we are trying to achieve is something that gets a lot of support from colleagues and that the Government, we hope, will take forward because it will make a real difference to the vote".

"If we get to the point where it might be needed, we have a choice as to what we do, so we don't even have to go into the backstop at that point". Whichever we look at it we are in for a period of prolonged uncertainty.

On Wednesday, one of May's chief party enforcers listened to the concerns of eurosceptics in her governing Conservative Party and DUP.

Mr Grogan (Keighley) said: "The deal the Prime Minister is offering us is reality a blind Brexit".

She said: "I was hugely disappointed when the national result was revealed to be in favour of leaving, and locally the results were in favour of leave too".

The Prime Minister has been advised by members of her Cabinet to delay asking MPs to deliver their judgment on her deal amid fears a crushing defeat could sink her Government.

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