May to appeal for more time to secure backstop changes

May to appeal for more time to secure backstop changes

The Prime Minister is instead offering MPs a further chance to vote on amendments to her Brexit strategy on February 27 in order to avoid a potential Cabinet split this week.

Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, but its relations with Britain are based on a long line of bilateral agreements between Bern and the bloc.

May is seeking changes to her deal with Brussels after it was rejected by a record majority in parliament on January 15.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to the Prime Minister setting out five demands that would have to be met for his MPs to support a deal, including a permanent customs union and close alignment with the single market.

The prime minister is aiming to allay lawmaker concern that, unless they vote to take control of the process and order her to seek an extension of European Union negotiations, they will have lost their chance to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

However European Council president Donald Tusk said there was "no breakthrough in sight".

On Thursday - Valentine's Day - MPs will consider a motion on Brexit and a series of amendments, likely to include shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer's attempt to impose a new deadline for a vote on the deal.

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Ms Fairbairn told Sky News" Sophy Ridge On Sunday that firms were already planning "price increases and job reductions' in response to a no-deal Brexit.

"If the meaningful vote has not happened, so in other words things have not concluded, then parliament would have that further opportunity [to vote] by no later than February 27", he said.

Elsewhere, the research found 50,000 jobs in France would also be under threat in the event of a no-deal Brexit, while in Austria, 6,000 jobs would be at risk.

The UK faces job losses in a "brutal" no-deal scenario come March 29, Theresa May has been warned.

After talks with Brussels this week Mrs May said that she was determined to deliver Brexit on time ahead of the March 29 deadline. The prime minister is now in talks with Brussels to seek these changes to the backstop.

The EU and the Irish Government have insisted that the backstop is the best way of guaranteeing there will be no hard border in Ireland.

It is claimed that the deal will, for instance, avoid around £8m of tariffs being added to the price of cars exported from the United Kingdom to Switzerland, while British consumers will benefit from lowers prices on Swiss goods, "such as clocks, watches and pharmaceutical products".

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