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COOPER AMENDMENT: May 'Wants Parliament To Scupper No Deal' MP Claims

22 January 2019

The DUP has welcomed the Prime Minister's decision to rule out extending Article 50.

Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney was adamant over the weekend the backstop - meant to ensure there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic - was an essential part of the Withdrawal Agreement.

Mr Raab went on to say that to break the deadlock with Brussels the negotiating team should be changed, he said: "For all the great work the civil servants have done, I think to close this deal it needs to be politically led and driven so taken into control of the politicians".

Brussels fears that the UK's only land border with the remaining European Union could become a conduit for smuggling after Brexit if there is no deal in place, allowing goods which do not meet Brussels' regulations into the 27 member states.

The saga continues. Following a humiliating defeat last week when UK's Prime Minister May lost the vote on her Brexit deal in The Commons which gave rise to a leadership challenge by the opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, of which the Prime Minister subsequently won, he is now moving to Plan B and needs to present the next stage of her plan in a "neutral motion" on Monday as she seeks to steer Britain out of the European Union with a deal.

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Meanwhile Commons Speaker John Bercow, was said to be considering abandoning his plans to step down this summer after Cabinet ministers threatened to deny him a peerage because of his alleged "bias" against the Government over Brexit.

Earlier on Saturday, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Dublin's commitment to the Brexit divorce deal struck with the British government was "absolute", including the border backstop arrangement.

May's deal will now be debated in Parliament on January 29.

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There are now five competing Brexit plans which MPs will have to choose from in the coming weeks: The Prime Minister's, Labour's, Yvette Cooper's, Dominic Grieve's and the one backed by no-deal Brexiteers.

It has been revealed today that the vote on January 29th wont be on the deal itself but a government motion.

The SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP said: "Rather than listening to other options the Prime Minister is instead closing them down, intent on cutting off any alternatives and leaving a false choice between her defeated dead deal and a disastrous no-deal". It is time for MPs to deliver on the promises they made.

Asked if Labour could win Wednesday's no confidence vote, shadow global trade secretary Barry Gardiner told the BBC: "I think the numbers are probably not there tomorrow". "It's not a road to a free trade agreement, it's not a road to anything".

Mrs May won a vote of no confidence in her government, tabled by Labour leader, on Wednesday night.

"We are working hard to find a resolution to it", she added.

Labor's position since Mrs May's withdrawal agreement was rejected by the Commons is to seek a general election - if that fails they would consider backing a second referendum.

Mr Harrington told Today he was "afraid" of car-makers Jaguar and Mini closing if there was a no-deal Brexit.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry suggested Labour might not back a second referendum unless the United Kingdom is "about to hit the wall of no-deal".

COOPER AMENDMENT: May 'Wants Parliament To Scupper No Deal' MP Claims