Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

May's foes gather as Britain's Brexit stalemate drags on

May's foes gather as Britain's Brexit stalemate drags on

"We have a legally composed European Parliament which requires directly elected MEPs from all member states at the latest on the first day of the new term of the new parliament, which this time is the second of July", he said.

"The government confirmed that she would not take "no-deal" off the table", Corbyn said in a speech in Hastings, scene of a battle in 1066 that ushered in the Norman conquest of England.

The prime minister has held talks with senior figures from the SNP, the Lib Dems, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru after she narrowly survived a no-confidence vote on Wednesday.

Her offer to meet with the opposition "rings hollow without evidence of her readiness to compromise on the substance of Brexit", the Guardian newspaper said, pushing for a "menu of options" to be presented to parliament.

Dutch authorities say they are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

May will publish her revived Brexit blueprint on Monday, before lawmakers debate it - and doubtless try to alter it - on January 29.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Friday inspected some of the country's preparations for a no-deal Brexit, visiting the Eurotunnel complex and meeting with small businesses on the English Channel coast.

Soon after he spoke, lawmakers rejected the deal May's government had painstakingly negotiated with the European Union by 432 votes to 202, the biggest margin of defeat any British government has ever suffered.

Britain's last-minute scramble to shape its exit from the European Union has hit the rocks as Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dug in their heels for competing visions.

May met some pro-Brexit Cabinet ministers and insisted she is not considering a second referendum, or allowing the stay in the customs union, people familiar with the matter said.

Corbyn has previously accused May of trying to force lawmakers to back her plan by running down the clock until it is the only alternative to no deal.

In November the German Chancellor went as far as to call for the creation of a European Army, stressing that such an effort would not mean an end to the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"Party politics has failed", Bryant said.

He also accused the government of having "no clue" how to execute Brexit.

Of all the European Union member states, Ireland has the closest links to the United Kingdom and much of the government's non-priority business is being scrapped to focus on measures covering health, communications, education, finance, employment and justice.

There are 70 days left for Brexit but less than 40 sitting days of Parliament.

Asked whether he would back Mrs May to lead the Conservatives into a snap election if one was called, Mr Johnson said: "I think most people in this country feel they have had quite enough elections".

It is just another contradiction in Labour's wandering policy stances on Brexit which are a deliberate construct of ambiguities created to give Mr Corbyn and his team room for manoeuvre as they work towards their dream of forcing a general election.

Challenged over the campaign ads, Mr Johnson said: "I didn't say anything about Turkey in the referendum".

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