Government agrees 'legally binding' Brexit deal changes after PM's last-minute Strasbourg dash

Government agrees 'legally binding' Brexit deal changes after PM's last-minute Strasbourg dash

He insisted in parliament that the prime minister had "secured legally binding changes that strengthen and improve the withdrawal agreement and political declaration".

"The legal risk remains unchanged that if through no such demonstrable failure of either party, but simply because of intractable differences, that situation does arise, the United Kingdom would have, at least while the fundamental circumstances remained the same, no internationally lawful means of exiting the protocol's arrangements, save by agreement", he said.

"If MPs vote for Theresa May's Brexit deal, we edge closer to understanding exactly how and when Brexit will play out but whether that is positive or negative for the pound depends on the deal itself". So, in short, the deal will probably be rejected on Tuesday-though never say never, particularly due to the complexity of the alternatives.

MPs could then potentially vote on May's deal for a third time.

If the deal is shot down again by parliamentarians as expected, another vote will be scheduled for Wednesday, this time on taking the potentially calamitous option of a "no deal" Brexit off the table.

Nick Boles, a leading Conservative pushing the government to rule out a no-deal Brexit, warned May that she would "forfeit the confidence of the House of Commons" if she failed to put it to a vote.

The EU will have to agree to any extension to article 50 and the commission's secretary general, Martin Selmayr, told ambassadors on Monday that the safest delay to Brexit would only be up to 23 May, ensuring that elections to the European parliament would not create complications.

Brexit-supporting MPs had said they would look at what Mrs May achieved before the vote, but that she would have to show a clear way for the backstop to end.

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If Members of Parliament (MPs) vote for a no-deal that means the United Kingdom will leave the bloc on 29 March without any rules of regulations in place to replace those that were in place during the membership of the EU.

British lawmakers, who on January 15 voted 432-202 against her deal, were on Tuesday studying the assurances with lawyers.

"The legal instrument that we have agreed is an addition to the Withdrawal Agreement". Brexit supporters in Britain fear the backstop could be used to bind the country to European Union regulations indefinitely.

Rejecting the deal could result in Brexit being "delayed or diluted", he said in a message aimed at Tory eurosceptics.

More than two hours later - at 11:40 p.m. - the tired leaders sat down for a joint news conference to announce changes they both hope will now put an end to the tortuous negotiations that have defined the U.K.'s exit from the 28-country bloc.

And anti-Brexit campaigners haven't abandoned the idea of a new referendum on remaining in the EU. "It is this deal or Brexit might not happen at all".

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn urged MPs to vote against the deal when it returns to the Commons, saying May had "recklessly run down the clock" on negotiations.

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