May accused of 'misleading' Parliament as Brexit legal advice published

May accused of 'misleading' Parliament as Brexit legal advice published

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday sent some 30 ministers across the country to visit schools, hospitals and businesses in a final push to sell her Brexit deal ahead of next Tuesday's crucial parliament vote.

Speculation has been mounting over the future of the Prime Minister, with fears that a heavy defeat of her Brexit Deal in the Commons could result in a vote of no confidence in the government from Labour, a decision which has been echoed by Jeremy Corbyn.

May was forced to publish the "final and full" confidential legal advice given to the cabinet on her Brexit deal.

The adjustment would mean Parliament would have to approve a decision to trigger the backstop arrangement or extend the transition period beyond December 2020.

However, a spokesman for Mrs May insisted the vote would be held on Tuesday.

"I'm continuing to listen to colleagues on that and considering a way forward", she told MPs.

May said she was speaking to lawmakers about giving parliament a bigger role in whether the Northern Irish backstop arrangement would be triggered, though she gave few details.

The main vote is on a motion stating that lawmakers in the 650-seat House of Commons approve the Brexit deal.

In next weeks episode, reviewing the aftermath of the vote on Theresa May's deal, Brexit The Final Countdown will be joined by leading Brexit campaigner Richard Tice and leading businessman Lance Forman.

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May's critics, including both supporters and opponents of Brexit, say that means Britain could be subject to European Union laws long after it has given up any influence over determining them.

The latest amendment addresses the backstop, an element of the divorce deal that has angered lawmakers in May's party and her allies in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Minutes later, European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier declared there had been "decisive progress" - the key phrase signaling European Union leaders can convene a summit to approve the deal, probably later his month.

Mr Hammond earlier said he wanted to reject the calls of those who would prefer to "plunge the country into the uncertainty and economic self-harm of no deal" and of those who want a second referendum, which he claimed would "fuel a narrative of betrayal".

Ministers admit the deal struck with Brussels last month is not ideal but say it is the only option for an orderly Brexit after four decades of membership. "We should be under no illusions that this will be easy or smooth and today the challenge of ensuring United Kingdom medicine supply through 2019 in a No Deal Brexit scenario got harder not easier", Bates added.

On the issue of the backstop, Mr Barnier said: "It is a legally operational form of insurance that will ensure that we never see the return of a hard border, that we have north-south co-operation on the island of Ireland and that we protect the integrity of the single market".

"For me as someone who voted Remain, my view is we will not have social stability in this country if we end with a solution that doesn't mean that we have parliamentary control of immigration policy", the Foreign Secretary told The Times Red Box.

Planning for a no-deal Brexit is continuing apace, however, both by the government and by British firms.

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