Theresa May won't rule out Brexit extension to end of 2022

Lloyd Doyle
November 20, 2018

This will never be acceptable to the DUP who refuse to back Theresa May's deal in a crucial "meaningful vote" she has promised parliament, if it includes a "backstop" with checks on goods flowing between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

The draft agreement reached last week triggered an avalanche of criticism in Britain and left May fighting to keep her job even as British and European Union negotiators raced to firm up a final deal before a summit on Sunday where European Union leaders hope to rubber-stamp it.

May has pledged to fight on, warning that toppling her risks delaying Britain's exit from the European Union, or leaving without a deal, a step that could thrust the world's fifth-largest economy into the unknown.

Since she won the top job in the turbulence that followed the 2016 Brexit referendum, May's premiership has been characterized by obduracy in the face of frequent crises.

Addressing the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference in London, she said the country's post-Brexit immigration system will be based on skills and talent rather than which country the immigrant comes from.

"We are not talking about political theory but the reality of people's lives and livelihoods". Some Brexit-supporting ministers are reported to want to rewrite parts of it, though Germany has ruled this out.

During the transition, EU law will continue to apply in the United Kingdom and Britain will continue to participate in the customs union and the single market.

Many business chiefs and investors fear politics could torpedo an agreement, thrusting the economy into a no-deal void that they say would weaken the West, spook financial markets and silt up the arteries of trade.


POLITICIANS from all sides of the political spectrum have expressed concerns over what the proposed Brexit deal could mean for Oxfordshire.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the prime minister's language was "offensive" and "disgraceful".

Brexit secretary Dominic Raab resigned in protest against the deal last Thursday and the rightwing of May's Conservative Party has been calling for her to resign and threatening an internal leadership challenge.

Mrs May took a swipe at party rivals who have threatened to unseat her as leader as she warned the next seven days would be "critical" to achieving a successful Brexit.

Previously she had agreed to publish the advice but not the comparison with remaining in the EU.

The chairman of the party's 1922 Committee, Graham Brady, said on Sunday the threshold of 48 letters from MPs had not yet been reached.

While none of the opposition motions passed, the shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, Jon Trickett, said that the vote signaled that "we no longer have a functioning government".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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