Despite the collapse of cross-party talks with Labour, ministers hope some of the measures discussed can still be bolted on to the bill, as part of what May has called a “new, bold offer to MPs across the House of Commons.”
Brexit is the stalemate of all stalemates for the beleaguered UK, with the Labour and Conservative parties blaming each other for the impasse. Talks collapsed again even as Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to resign after the Brexit bill is voted on, regardless of whether her EU withdrawal agreement is approved. The continuing deadlock has weakened the country’s economy and left the British people weary on both sides of the argument.
“The coming months will see the war of attrition continue. All possible scenarios will leave this country scarred as it enters the 2020s, with a large segment of voters set to feel betrayed by any outcome…The truth is that there are no winners. We have all lost from this Brexit debacle, no matter how it ends.”
Boris Johnson, the face of the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, said on Thursday he will be standing as a candidate to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as Conservative leader. May has said she will step down before the next phase of Brexit negotiations, although she has not set a date for her departure.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed to set a date to depart after the Brexit bill is voted on — regardless of whether MPs approve her deal on the EU withdrawal agreement. Until recently she was not willing to discuss resigning in the event of her Brexit plan not being passed.
MPs on all sides of the Brexit divide have vowed to vote down Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement when the government brings the bill to the House of Commons next month. The prime minister met the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, on Tuesday night, though no substantive progress has been made towards a cross-party agreement.
Downing Street has said the prime minister remains opposed to any form of referendum being attached to a Brexit deal, as the government prepares to enter its seventh week of talks with Labour to find a compromise. However, Labour claims a cross-party EU exit deal will only pass through Parliament if it includes a commitment to hold a second membership referendum.
Conservative councillors have called for Theresa May to step down after the party suffered losses of more than 1,300 seats in local elections dominated by the UK’s Brexit stalemate. After a collapse of the Conservative vote across southern England, some MPs urged the party to change its rules so the prime minister can be removed from office as soon as possible.
The outcome of talks between British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government and the opposition Labour Party to break the deadlock over Britain’s exit from the European Union could be known in the coming week.
The talks stalled due to a Conservative desire for post-Brexit deregulation including pursuing a U.S. trade deal. “There has to be access to European markets and above all there has to be a dynamic relationship to protect the conditions and rights that we’ve got for environment and consumer workplace rights,” opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said.
While Germany and most other European states were in favor of granting the UK a one-year extension on Brexit, French president Emmanuel Macron torpedoed their efforts and negotiated an extension to October 31. The Germans are upset and believe that Macron acted as he did merely to help himself politically within France.
The British government has indicated it may be willing to compromise in key areas that have prevented its Brexit deal from being supported by the opposition Labour Party, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday. The negotiations between the two party leaders are sure to be very tricky, as both sides risk losing their most loyal voters.
With less than 48 hours before Britain’s scheduled departure, the European Union extended the deadline for Brexit until October 31, avoiding a devastating cliff-edge divorce, but settling none of the issues that have plunged British politics into chaos, dysfunction, and recrimination.
The European Union will grant Prime Minister Theresa May a second delay to Brexit at an emergency summit on Wednesday but leaders will debate a longer extension with conditions to prevent any future British leader from damaging the bloc.
Germany’s EU affairs minister has complained that “absolutely nothing has changed” in London, 24 hours before the bloc’s leaders come together to decide on a possible Brexit delay. On the other hand, Prime Minister Theresa May has claimed that the talks with MP Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition, are evidence of a new direction being taken by the British government.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is to travel to Berlin and Paris for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, a day before a critical EU summit that will discuss Britain’s request for a delay to the date for its exit from the bloc. The UK prime minister wants to push back the UK’s exit date from April 12 to June 30.
As UK Prime Minister Theresa May continually fails to deliver a Brexit compromise, she says, “[T]he longer it takes to find a comprise with the opposition Labour Party to secure a parliamentary majority for a Brexit deal, the less likely it is that Britain will leave the European Union.”
European Council President Donald Tusk is suggesting that the UK be given a 12-month extension to negotiate its Brexit plan. This unexpected offer comes after Prime Minister Theresa May asked for an extension until June 30.
The UK is currently due to leave the EU on April 12, and, as of right now, no withdrawal deal has been approved by Parliament. It is up to the EU whether to grant an extension to Article 50 after MPs repeatedly rejected the withdrawal agreement reached between the UK and the European Union.
A bipartisan group of MPs has forced through an emergency bill instructing Theresa May to seek an extension to article 50 and avoid a no-deal Brexit, despite government opposition.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to seek a Brexit compromise with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, a gamble that could see a European Union divorce deal finally pass through parliament but also tear her party apart.
After a series of potential Brexit deals were defeated in parliament, Prime Minister May needs more time to work with Parliament to avoid Britain careening toward a no-deal Brexit. PM Theresa May is expected to request an extension from the EU. She currently has until April 12th to work out a Brexit deal.
Tory MP Nick Boles dramatically quit the conservative party as he slammed his former colleagues for refusing to compromise on Brexit options. Boles, who supported a Norway-plus style Brexit called Commons Market 2.0, addressed the Commons, saying, “I’ve failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. I regret therefore to announce that I can no longer sit for this party.”
Members of British Parliament have again rejected all the Brexit options placed before them, as they try to find a compromise to end the impasse. The rejections came during a second round of votes in the House of Commons on alternative proposals to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, which has been rejected on three separate occasions. But hers isn’t the only failure, as the Commons hasn’t put forth a single strategy that can gain majority support.
Britain’s chaotic exit from the European Union has cost the economy about 600 million pounds per week since the 2016 referendum, Goldman Sachs said on Monday in a report. The report found that Brexit had cost the British economy nearly 2.5 percent of GDP at the end of last year, compared to its growth prior to the Brexit vote.
After Parliament rejected a third plan from Prime Minister Theresa May to take Britain away from the EU, Britons on both sides of the Brexit issue are angry and embarrassed.
For the third time, British parliament has rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Parliament does not seem to know what it wants. It voted against leaving without a deal, but now strikes down every deal put forward. The UK has until April 12th to make a decision before leaving the EU.
So far no consensus has been reached, and no plan has received enough support to pass. Today the chamber goes back to an old favorite – Theresa May’s plan for leaving the EU. We all know how the old saying goes: If at first you don’t succeed, try again with the exact same plan and hope MPs have become desperate enough to actually vote for it this time?
British Parliament’s House of Commons could not produce a majority for any of the eight different Brexit proposals put forth by members in a special, late-night session. The closest votes were for a soft Brexit based on a new customs union with the EU, and a call to stage a second Brexit referendum. So Brexit remains at a standstill — though Prime Minister Theresa May’s offer to quit if her Brexit deal is eventually passed offered some hope she might eventually get the withdrawal through the House.
Theresa May continues to lose confidence as she continues to fail in delivering a Brexit deal through parliament. To help the deal pass, she has now promised to resign if parliament is able to pass the Brexit deal.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected on Wednesday to indicate a date for quitting as the price for getting her twice-defeated Brexit deal ratified, while Parliament tries to select its own alternative from a multiple-choice list of options. May has said she will consider the outcome of the “indicative votes,” though she has refused to be bound by the result.
MPs have voted to take control of Commons business in an unprecedented move to try to find a majority for any Brexit option. The government was defeated by 329 votes to 302 on the cross-party amendment, a majority of 27. It means MPs will get a series of votes on Wednesday to find out what kind of Brexit plan they will support. Prime Minister Theresa May has said there is no guarantee she will abide by their decision.
British Prime Minister Theresa May could gain support for her Brexit deal if she promises to stand down as prime minister, senior Conservatives have said. MPs in the party have said they might reluctantly back the agreement if they know she will not be in charge of the next stage of negotiations with the EU. It is looking increasingly likely that May’s days as PM are coming to an end.
“The problem with all this self-deluding preservation of the past isn’t just that it’s regressive, or alienating for those of us who don’t spend our time musing on Churchill’s legacy or swelling with pride at our good fortune to accidentally be born British; it’s that it pollutes and stagnates even the discourse that ought to oppose it.”
Thousands are gathering to march through central London calling for another EU referendum, as MPs search for a way out of the Brexit impasse. Demonstrators from the “Put It to the People” campaign will march through the city, followed by a rally in front of Parliament.
Prime Minister Theresa May bought a few more weeks to secure domestic backing for her E.U. compromise, but the optimism about getting a new, better deal, is at an all time low. Ordinary Britons even started a largely futile petition to cancel the whole deal, getting over 3 million signatures in just 24 hours.
EU leaders on Thursday agreed to extend the deadline for Britain’s exit from the bloc in order to give Prime Minister Theresa May and the British Parliament more time to get their act together. The leaders decided that Britain’s exit date will be pushed back to May 22 if next week May can persuade lawmakers in Parliament to accept her plan, which they’ve already rejected twice. If she cannot persuade lawmakers to accept her plan, she’ll get a shorter delay in exiting the EU — until April 12.
Financial services companies in Britain have announced plans to move more than $1.3 trillion into the European Union, according to the consultancy EY. Many banks have set up new offices in Germany, France, Ireland, and other EU countries to safeguard their regional business after Brexit.
The U.K. is set to ask the European Union for a short Brexit delay, a government official said Wednesday, an extension that would give Prime Minister Theresa May just months to persuade Parliament to accept her withdrawal deal.
Brexit Sec. Stephen Barclay has insisted that Prime Minister Theresa May might be able to hold another vote on her Brexit deal if she agrees to the terms of an Article 50 extension with the EU. May was forced to pull any immediate plans for another meaningful vote because House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said she could not ask MPs to pass the same deal after they already rejected it twice by huge margins.