Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Britain's May offers "new deal" to try to break Brexit deadlock

Britain's May offers

In a major concession, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday offered United Kingdom lawmakers the chance to vote on whether to hold a new referendum on the country's membership in the European Union - but only if it backs her thrice-rejected Brexit agreement.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday that she was going to put forward a "bold offer" to the parliament on improving the Brexit deal, which should help get the agreement through the legislature.

The government is aiming for the law to be approved by the time that parliament´s summer recess begins on July 20, which would allow Britain to leave the European Union at the end of that month as long as MPs reject a second referendum.

The Prime Minister has said that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill will include "a requirement to vote on whether to hold a second referendum".

She said: "I have been very clear for years: leaving the EU means leaving the single market, leaving the customs union, taking back control of our money, border and laws".

MPs have so far rejected May's withdrawal agreement three times.

Jeremy Corbyn blasted Theresa May's "bold" New Deal Brexit as a "rehash" tonight as her last-gasp attempt to ram an agreement through Parliament looked doomed to failure.

The party's support was unchanged from a week ago.

Brexit talks between May's Conservatives and Labour Party collapsed on Friday, hours after May agreed to set out in June a timetable for her departure.

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According to Zhou, the commerce ministry spokesman on Thursday effectively ruled out talks in the near term. On a similar note, recently, China's yuan slumped to 2019 low since trade war escalated.

It is thought that she will trigger a contest for the leadership of her governing Conservative Party once the bill either falls or completes all of its stages through parliament.

In a speech to the CBI, the U.K.'s premier business organization, on Wednesday, he will likely say that populism "is the ideology of easy answers" and that no Brexit solution is sustainable unless it commands a parliamentary majority, according to a person familiar with the speech.

The referendum offered, in that case, would not necessarily be another straight yes or no on Brexit, but would be about the deal itself.

By offering the possibility of holding a second vote on her deal and a compromise on customs arrangements, May hopes to win over opposition Labour lawmakers, whose votes she needs to overcome resistance in her own Conservative Party.

May's gambit comes ahead of the European Parliament elections, to be held in Britain on Thursday.

She had recently received support from her cabinet for the new amendments she made to the proposed deal to exit Europe.

"I will not be simply asking MPs to think again". That has spurred Tory hopefuls who want to replace her, including former foreign secretary and bookies' favorite Boris Johnson, who backs a no-deal Brexit.

One weekend survey had the SNP on 38 per cent, with the Brexit Party in second place on 20 per cent, followed by the Greens on 11 per cent, Labour and the Tories both on 10 per cent and Lib Dems on seven per cent.

May, who knows her legacy will be dominated by Brexit, implored lawmakers to let Britain leave the European Union "in a way that protects jobs, protects our security, maintains a close relationship with our friends and works for the whole United Kingdom".

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