Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Brexit draft causes turmoil in U.K. Parliament

Brexit draft causes turmoil in U.K. Parliament

Mr Vara said the withdrawal agreement fails to leave Britain as a "sovereign, independent country".

Before her address to Parliament, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigned in protest over the document, saying he could not in good conscience support the terms.

Allies of Theresa May have launched a desperate bid to woo rebel Tory MPs by floating the prospect of a better deal on Brexit, HuffPost UK has learned.

Johnson, regarded by many eurosceptics as the face of the 2016 Brexit campaign, set out his pitch to the membership in a bombastic speech at the party's annual conference in October - some members queued for hours to get a seat. Many fear it will divide the West as it grapples with both the unconventional US presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China. "Just as I do, I'm sorry that they've chosen to leave the government and I thank them for their service", she said.

Their resignations were followed by a second Brexit minister, Suella Braverman, while Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced she was quitting as an unpaid parliamentary aide in the Department for Education.

May said she engaged in an "impassioned debate" with her ministers - and that there "will be hard days ahead". There was no confirmation.

She would need the backing of 158 Tory MPs to see off the Brexiters' challenge, and her position would then be safe for 12 months.

The draft agreement of more than 400 pages is understood to involve the United Kingdom remaining in a customs union and committing to a "level playing field" on EU rules in areas like environmental and workplace protections during a backstop period after Brexit.

But she has satisfied few.

Mrs May does not have a Commons majority and many MPs on her own side - as well as Labour and the other opposition parties - are sceptical about her Brexit plans, or openly hostile to them. They said it would leave Britain a vassal state by making it observe European Union customs rules that it will no longer have a say in shaping. Some want another referendum.

The Democratic Unionist Party, which props up May's minority government, also signalled that it would not vote for the deal. Its leader, Arlene Foster, was due to meet with May late Wednesday.

In return, Britain is reported to have agreed that it will not be allowed to exit the backstop unless and until the European Union is convinced that there is no prospect of a return to a hard border.

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Sirisena dissolved Parliament after his attempts to secure the backing of 113 members in the 225-member Parliament failed. They vowed on Saturday, "We will fight in the courts, we will fight in parliament and we will fight at the polls".

"This is not the deal the country was promised".

He later told United Kingdom radio station LBC that he remained confident of medicine supply.

It is unclear if that will pass muster in parliament.

The key meeting discussed the draft Brexit agreement reached by negotiators in Brussels last week.

Key provisions seek to avoid a hard border between European Union member Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland, protect citizens' rights and settle Britain's last bill. They have insisted they will not support a deal that sees Northern Ireland treated differently by the European Union than the rest of Britain.

With just weeks left before Brexit date, May still managed to get the 585-page compromise past her divided cabinet yesterday, clearing just one of several hurdles before it can be approved.

Following an early Thursday meeting, Tusk heaped praise on the EU's Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, who had "achieved the two most important objectives" - limiting the damage caused by Britain's impending departure and maintaining the interests of the other 27 countries that will remain in the bloc after Brexit.

May insisted that Brexit meant making "the right choices, not the easy ones" and urged lawmakers to support the deal "in the national interest".

"I know it's been a frustrating process - it has forced us to confront some very hard issues". This is a decision which will come under intense scrutiny and that is entirely as it should be and entirely understandable.

DUP leader Arlene Foster headed for London with a warning that she would not back a deal which leaves Northern Ireland "adrift in the future".

Downing Street confirmed on Thursday that May would contest such a vote and expected to remain prime minister until the Brexit process is complete.

"I can not reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto", he said in his resignation letter, published on his Twitter account.

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