Eu Calls Brexit Summit Thursday But Warns 'no Renegotiation'

April FrancisDec 15, 2018

"I am surprised because we had reached an agreement".

She has no plans to meet France's President Emmanuel Macron before Thursday's European Union summit.

"If we can't go forwards with her deal. then I'm afraid the only way to change the policy is to change the prime minister and I really think it's her duty to go", Brexit-supporting Conservative lawmaker Steve Baker said.

EU leaders insist the mechanism can't be removed from deal, but May is sure to seek flexibility on this point from her European partners.

She said she would now hold emergency talks with European Union leaders to discuss possible changes to the backstop.

She further stated that the Government is stepping up its work on No Deal preparations.

"Notwithstanding that, it would appear that there are problems right at the end of the road".

But he added that "if used intelligently, (there) is room enough to give further clarification and further interpretations without opening the withdrawal agreement". "The withdrawal agreement will not be reopened".

May faced a huge rebellion of her own Conservative MPs over the deal, primarily over a "backstop" clause created to keep open Britain's border with Ireland.

The European Commission had earlier ruled out any further Brexit discussions, saying "we have an agreement on the table which was endorsed by the European President (Jean-Claude) Juncker said, this deal is the best and only deal possible".

"I do believe there's a majority that the United Kingdom should not be plunged into a no-deal scenario and it is in their hands at any point in time to take the threat of no-deal off the table either by revoking Article 50 or, if that's a step too far, by extending it", he said.

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A Labour spokesperson said on Monday the party would "put down a motion of no confidence when we judge it most likely to be successful", with no such action expected to take place until after a parliamentary vote on the British leader's deal.

"We have to prepare".

"The government has lost control of events and is in complete disarray", said opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.

France's minister for European affairs, Nathalie Loiseau, said the possibility of no deal was "not unlikely", adding: "I'm very anxious".

However, Labour will seek to keep the pressure on the PM in an emergency debate in the Commons - which was granted after MPs were denied a say in the cancellation of Tuesday's vote.

"We're very much concerned about postponement of the vote", Ms Loiseau said. Need a better deal.

Downing Street said May will meet with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar following a Cabinet session in London.

Dodds told May to "start listening and come back with changes to the Withdrawal Agreement or it will be voted down".

Anand Menon, European politics professor at King's College London, said May needed Brussels to make it "absolutely clear" that it would offer no new concessions on the deal.

If the Brexit agreement is accepted by the U.K. Parliament, it must still be endorsed by the European Parliament before March 29.

"What I would like to happen today is for Conservative Members of Parliament to realise that we simply can not go staggering forward any longer like this and I'm afraid to put their letters of no confidence in", Mr Baker told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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