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Brexit date compromise could save May from second parliament defeat

Europe
16.12.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
London (dpa) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has apparently struck a compromise over legislation fixing the date of Britain‘s departure from the European Union, and avoided an embarrassing second defeat in parliament.

Tory rebels already handed one blow to the government in the past week by demanding - against May‘s wishes - that parliament have a final say on the Brexit deal with the EU.

Rebels in her party also fear that fixing the expected March 29, 2019, date of Britain‘s departure in law may tie the government‘s hands in negotiations, British media have reported.

The compromise now struck will still involve enshrining the date in law, but with the possibility that the deadline could be moved back if negotiations with the EU needed to be extended.

"New amendment to EU Withdrawal Bill demonstrates how all Conservatives members of parliament can work together to deliver best EU exit for the UK," said rebel Nicky Morgan on Twitter.

The compromise was a "welcome resolution to the problem," said Tory rebel Dominic Grieve in a statement quoted across British media.

Negotiations between Britain and the EU still have a long way to go. It took almost eight months for London and Brussels to reach a deal clarifying aspects of Britain‘s exit. Time is now ticking to lay the groundwork for post-Brexit relations on key issues including trade and security.

 

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