UK PM Theresa May reveals her Brexit ‘Plan B’ to parliament on Monday in a bid to garner the support of a majority of MPs to get an agreement through the House of Commons and avoid a no-deal withdrawal scenario.
The prime minister’s original Brexit deal put to parliament was overwhelmingly rejected by a majority of 230 MPs on Tuesday. The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29.
May says there were six issues that came up when she conducted cross-party discussions on the best way forward for Brexit negotiations.
The first concerned the issue of a no-deal Brexit. She insists the best way to avoid such a scenario is by approving a deal.
The second issue, May says, was on a second referendum pushed by certain opposition leaders. She claims a ‘people’s vote’ would be voted down by MPs in the house of commons.
The PM insisted that there could be some progress on the other four issues. On the Irish backstop, May ruled out reopening the Good Friday agreement. She told parliament that she needed to find out what MPs wanted changed on the backstop.
May revealed that her government has decided that the £65 fee for EU nationals applying for settled status in the UK is to be abolished.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn responded to the PM’s statement by saying that her attempted cross-party talks were a “sham” - adding that May was in denial about the severity of the defeat of her Brexit deal in parliament last week.
He once again called on May to rule out a no-deal Brexit to which the PM argued that she needed further talks with MPs to secure a deal.
Read more: ‘MPs would vote down second EU referendum’: May presents her ‘plan B’ to parliament
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