Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

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Japan's Prime Minister has said that his country offers its "total support" to Theresa May's EU Withdrawal Agreement.

Prominent MPs in both the remain and leave camps are convinced that May will lose when her deal is put to the vote next week.

An alliance of governing Conservative and Opposition legislators has dealt Mrs May two defeats in as many days - symbolic setbacks that suggest a power shift from the executive to the legislature.

Meanwhile, during the second of five days of debate on the deal, Conservative MP George Freeman has told MPs he will now vote for it "with a heavy heart", having previously said he could not support it.

Lawmakers voted 308-297 on Wednesday in favour of demanding the government come up with an alternative plan within three working days after the January 15 vote, rather than a planned 21-day limit. MPs would have the power to amend that plan.

It was drawn up by the Conservative former attorney general Dominic Grieve and forces a deadline on May if the deal is voted down as is predicted next Tuesday.

The government needs 318 votes to get a deal through parliament as seven Sinn Fein lawmakers do not sit, four speakers and deputy speaker do not vote and the four tellers are not counted.

Several MPs challenged the Speaker with points of order, with Tory Brexiteer Peter Bone asking for an explanation as to why, when he had attempted to propose an amendment to the same motion, he had been refused by the Table Office, saying "I was told it would be totally out of order and there would be no other amendments filed". Others say it could come as late as the European Union summit scheduled for March 21-22, as the prospect of a disorderly Brexit without a deal looms within days.

The vote, which saw 20 legislators from May's Conservative Party rebel and vote with the opposition, indicates that a majority in Parliament opposes leaving the European Union without an agreement.

Loiseau insisted the United Kingdom had not "yet" raised the possibility of extending Article 50, but that is one of the scenarios likely to be discussed if the meeting goes ahead as the European Union will need to give its consent for Brexit to be delayed.

But the bloc refuses to reopen the agreement, and opposition to the negotiated deal remains strong among British lawmakers. "These discussions have shown that further clarification over the backstop is possible and those talks will continue over the next few days", May said.

But Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has stepped up calls for a general election to "break the deadlock".

"The prime minister will be updating parliament tomorrow and she will be talking about the clarifications, the reassurances that parliament is seeking that the backstop will not be permanent". Brexit supporters are anxious that there is no mechanism for Britain to unilaterally withdraw, meaning it could end up indefinitely stuck in the union, hampering its ability to strike deals with the rest of the world.

And he added: "So I say to Theresa May: if you are so confident in your deal, call that election, and let the people decide".

And there is no clear majority in Parliament for any single alternate course.

News agency dpa reported that Weber said everyone must realize that a no-deal withdrawal on March 29 would "lead to very hard, perhaps even chaotic situations".

He also argued that Theresa May is struggling badly to get a deal agreed because "the Prime Minister and the government have pushed parliament away" to secure any form of consensus.

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