UK's May rejects pivot towards Brexit customs union compromise

UK's May rejects pivot towards Brexit customs union compromise

With Brexit just 47 days away, the British government asked lawmakers on Sunday to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to rework her divorce deal with the European Union. It is likely that many amendments similar to those debated on January 29 will be proposed, including attempts to shift control of the process away from government and give parliament a chance to define Brexit.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning, Brokenshire said if a deal had not been agreed by February 27 then MPs would be allowed to again vote on their own proposals as to what should happen.

The British parliament is set to hold a debate on Brexit on February 14 but this is not a re-run of a vote last month on whether to approve the exit deal Prime Minister Theresa May's negotiated with the European Union.

Her meetings in Brussels on Thursday made no breakthrough and fears of a "no-deal" scenario that gridlocks trade are running high.

The prime minister is due to update parliament this week on the progress of her latest talks with the EU.

The promise is a bid to avert a showdown on Thursday, when parliament is set to vote on the next moves in the Brexit process. "There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

Before the debate begins, lawmakers will have to agree to the proposed timetable for the debate - now just one day. This would give them the chance to block a no-deal departure or make other interventions.

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The UK can not negotiate new free trade agreements, with countries such as the United States of America, while we are still an European Union member.

But it was rejected by the UK Parliament and if it is not approved by Brexit day, the default position would be a no-deal Brexit.

MPs voted to replace the controversial backstop with "alternative arrangements" in a vote on amendments to the PM's Brexit deal last month.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, these would need to be completed by 29 March, an ambition that many in British business now believe to be nearly impossible.

The Government is stepping up efforts to persuade the European Union to accept changes to the Irish border backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement.

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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