UK, EU announce change to Brexit deal ahead of key vote

UK, EU announce change to Brexit deal ahead of key vote

Due to the sensitive nature of the region and because the free passage is one of the crucial articles of the 1998 Belfast Agreement, the U.K., EU, Northern Ireland and Ireland all reject the idea of returning to a hard border where checkpoints and customs buildings will need to be installed. Here's might be the answer. The British government states it has secured "legally binding changes" from the address concerns about the border between Ireland and British-controlled Northern Ireland - a main factor in the rejection of the deal earlier this year.

Brexiteer Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns tweeted a picture of Geoffrey Cox's legal advice document and wrote: "The Attorney Generals advice is that the legal risk remains unchanged".

The two sides have also published a "joint statement" which commits to replacing the backstop with "alternative arrangements" by the end of December 2020.

May flew to Strasbourg, France, late Monday for talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

According to Cox, the interpretive document offered by the European Union would grant no legally guaranteed right to exit the Irish Backstop in the event of a deal deadlock and triggered some aggressive selling pressure around the British Pound.

DUP sources have said the party can not support the Prime Minister's deal in tonight's vote, which effectively kills off any chance of it getting Commons' backing.

Experts believe the last-minute agreement will have a significant impact on upcoming parliamentary votes.

Whatever Parliament decides, it will not end Britain's Brexit crisis.

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This suggests that the Prime Minister is hoping to have held another meaningful vote on the deal by 20 March - just nine days before the deadline.

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If it doesn't and it's close, Theresa May have another crack at passing it through the House of Commons.

This is because there are a handful of non-voting members of the house such as the Speaker John Bercow and Sinn Fein members who do not take up their seats. So May needs the support of 320 MPs to sail through.

Opposition to May's deal among members of the Conservative Party derives from a belief that it does not offer the clean break from the European Union that many voted for.

Brussels is wary - one senior official closely involved in the negotiations put her chances of winning over enough euro-sceptic British MPs at only 30 percent - but insists the European Union will compromise no further. With 10 MPs in the parliament, it ensures the survival of the May government, and it might rally behind the prime minister now.

What happens after that is anyone's guess, with many MPs, including the Labour party, advocating for a second referendum.

And the so-called "independent group" with 11 MPs, who recently resigned from the Labour and Conservative parties, may also oppose her plan.

Scottish National Party leader Ian Blackford said further negotiations should include a second referendum.

If May's plan fails, there will be subsequent votes later this week on whether the Commons wants to block a no deal and whether Brexit should be delayed.

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