Brexit: What are the key amendments tabled by MPs?

30 January, 2019, 00:55 | Author: Lillian Steele
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It has been greeted warmly by some pro-Brexit MPs such as Iain Duncan Smith, and former Remainers such as Sam Gyimah who resigned from the government in protest at the negotiated Brexit deal.

Being "bored of Brexit" (or "Bobs") has become "a thing" now with members of the public, various politicians (including the prime minister) and least of all the European Union urging the "just get on with it" - as if there's a single, tidy outcome for the characters, relationships and events within the Brexit plot.

The backstop is a safety net to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland if there's no Brexit trade deal.

"There will be no more negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement", said Weyand, a German senior civil servant at the European Commission, reiterating the EU stance.

It's therefore a compromise between different parts of the Conservative Party.

Only an emerging plan at this point, it would extend the transition period from the end of 2020 and in to December 2021 and allow the United Kingdom and European Union to "prepare properly" for WTO terms or "obviate this outcome by negotiating a mutually beneficial future relationship".

Leading Conservative Brexiteers indicated they may not support "alternative arrangements" to keep the Irish border open, while the DUP - which props up Theresa May's minority Government - called on the Prime Minister to "face down the stubbornness of Dublin and Brussels".

European Union officials poured cold water on plans to break the Brexit stalemate today, dismissing the Brexiteer and Remainer-backed scheme as "nonsense", according to reports.

Remain-backing former Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan said discussions had been taking place for "some days" on the Malthouse plan between herself, health minister Stephen Hammond, and Solicitor General Robert Buckland on one side and Mr Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker from the ERG on the other.

However, Weyand echoed her boss Michel Barnier in saying that Britain could resolve some of the problems caused by opposition to the Irish backstop by changing some of its demands on post-Brexit trade.

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This would give both sides time to prepare for a departure on WTO terms at the end of 2021 - or to strike a new trading relationship.

"We have seen the German economy weakening, we have seen the French economy weakening", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

But anonymous European Union officials have ridiculed the idea, with one telling the Guardian: "This is just nonsense". MPs in her own party want her to demand a last-minute change to the deal to remove the backstop.

While MPs will vote on May's plan B (criticised for its close resemblance to plan A), that vote is only to confirm that she has in fact got a plan, regardless of what politicians think of it.

What is the backstop and why is the Irish border so crucial to a Brexit deal?

Tabled by Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, if it passed the Commons its supporters believe it gives Mrs May more firepower to go back to Brussels and ask for more concessions and get a Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament.

In the process she buys another two weeks of false hope that Brexit deal looms but also massively increases risk of no-deal Brexit.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says it is "inevitable" that the government will have to delay Brexit.

The main sticking point was the backstop - the "insurance policy" meant to ensure that whatever else happens, there will be no return to a visible border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit. Lawmakers in her own party want her to demand a last-minute change to the withdrawal deal to remove the backstop, which they fear could end up trapping the United Kingdom in a permanent customs union with the EU.



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