Mon Mar 11th, 2019 at 11:56:29 PM EST
WTF caught me blindsided ... a complete surprise.
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Brexit: UK and EU hail breakthrough in talks | DW |
The United Kingdom has won legal guarantees from the European Union that would stop Brussels from forcing the country to follow EU rules indefinitely after it leaves the bloc on March 29.
British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the changes in Strasbourg on Monday ahead of a crucial vote in the British Parliament on Tuesday.
Juncker: There will be no third chance to pass Brexit deal | The Guardian |
Several Tory MPs suggested the prime minister postpone tomorrow's vote by 24 hours to give the Commons more time to examine the changes to the withdrawal agreement. Charlie Elphicke said:
"If it's such a great deal, why the rush? Why bounce the House into a vote tomorrow? If it's such a good deal why do we not take a few days to cogitate, reflect, look at the deal then come to the House and have the vote when we've gone across the detail and we have had that chance for full and frank consideration?"
Lidington said the House has "considered these issues on a number of occasions", saying that the public "want decisions taken" and to see politicians "get on with delivering the referendum result".
Peter Bone said there would "not be enough time to debate the motion" ahead of the vote at 7pm tomorrow, adding: "Can I suggest to the deputy PM... would it not be better to have a statement from the attorney general tomorrow, a statement from the prime minister tomorrow and a debate the following day?"
He added it was "ridiculous that Parliament should be bounced into it", but Lidington said we "cannot have further delay".
○ May and Juncker agree 'legally binding' changes to NI backstop | Irish Times |