United Kingdom leader focused on passing Brexit deal despite uncertainty


(L-R) British Prime Minister Theresa May, the president of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker, French President Emmanuel Macron, the president of the European Council Donald Tusk and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez prepare to pose as they meet for a working session prior to the G20 Summit on November 29, 2018, in Buenos Aires.

Speaking to reporters on her flight to the G20 summit in Argentina, Mrs May made clear she has not given up hope of getting her Brexit deal through Parliament, despite indications she is heading for defeat by a substantial margin in the crunch vote on December 11. Instead, what I see from Labor is an attempt to frustrate what the government is doing to deliver Brexit for the British people.

He added: "This format would also not suitably represent either the support for Remain across the whole of the United Kingdom, or the growing public and political support - including from the SNP, the Greens, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and an increasing number of members of both the Labour Party and the Conservatives - for a second referendum in which the option of remaining in the European Union could be put to the people".

She said her TV debate with the Labour leader would not be about the same arguments as the 2016 referendum, during which there were multiple live debates from all factions.

"The alternative to the prime minister's deal is a no-deal scenario". "We don't see any alternative coming forward from the Labor Party".

Mrs May said that separate analyses produced by Whitehall officials and the Bank of England this week each showed that the agreement she reached in Brussels is "the best deal that honours the result of the referendum". Arms folded. "It's groundhog day in this negotiation process", an European Union diplomat told me.

"Even before we get to new trade opportunities afforded by new trade agreements there are still considerable export opportunities for British businesses to exploit in existing markets", he said.

DUP leader Arlene Foster and party deputy leader Nigel Dodds
DUP leader Arlene Foster and party deputy leader Nigel Dodds

And the ex-cabinet minister dismissed the suggestion this would be a "denial of the democratic rights" of the 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit.

She does not wish to do that, because she fears it would make it far easier for her MPs to vote against her on December 11, because they would know their votes were conscience-salving protest votes, rather than deal-destroying and possibly government-wrecking extreme sabotage.

May answered: "It will be a decision for parliament".

The proposed format, as we understand it, would not give suitable representation to the devolved governments or parliaments, where distinct views on Brexit are held; to the position of Scotland and Northern Ireland, both of whom voted remain; or to the SNP, which is the third largest party within the House of Commons, the governing party of Scotland and the second largest political party by membership in the UK.

However, arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has written in the Daily Telegraph of an effort to "frighten and to gull (people) into acquiescing to a non-Brexit Brexit".

Dr Fox, who has given his backing to Mrs May's deal, is using a speech on Friday to appeal for unity and support for the PM's stance.

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