Theresa May wins legally-binding changes to Irish backstop at eleventh hour

Brexit Talks 'Deadlocked' Despite Appeal to EU for Last-Minute Concession

At a late-night news conference Monday in Strasbourg, France, May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced changes created to overcome lawmakers' concerns about provisions created to ensure the border between EU member Ireland and Britain's Northern Ireland remains open after Brexit.

At a joint news conference, Ms.

Geoffrey Cox says the changes "reduce the risk that the United Kingdom could be indefinitely and involuntarily detained" in a part of the withdrawal agreement known as the backstop.

A second document would supplement the political declaration, and outline commitments from both sides on moving swiftly to this new relationship. "There will be no third chance, there will be no further reassurance on the assurances if this deal fails", Juncker said.

In a written legal opinion, Cox said the United Kingdom could still not extract itself from the terms of the divorce deal unilaterally, a key demand of pro-Brexit British politicians.

We are still waiting to hear from some of the major figures in the group on which way they will go later.

Politicians of every hue must overcome their differences and make avoiding a no-deal Brexit the absolute priority, starting with the vote in Parliament tomorrow.

But the changes appear to fall well short of Brexiteers' demands for a unilateral British exit mechanism from the backstop.

May urged MPs to vote for the deal, urging pro-Remain MPs to respect the 2016 referendum result, while telling pro-Brexit MPs that no Brexit at all was a real risk if they were to vote down her deal.

Members of Parliament (MPs) voted against the deal by 391 votes to 242 - a majority of 149 votes - in yet another humiliating defeat for the prime minister over Brexit.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives back at the Houses of Parliament in London, March 12, 2019.

Britain's Parliament is due to vote Tuesday on whether to approve May's Brexit divorce deal with the European Union, which it already rejected once.

The United Kingdom's labyrinthine crisis over European Union membership is approaching its finale with an array of possible outcomes, including a delay, a last-minute deal, a no-deal Brexit, a snap election or even another referendum.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the result meant May's plan for leaving the European Union was "dead" and called on the government to adopt his proposals for an alternative departure from the bloc.

While an array of options - including a last-minute deal on the government's exit strategy, a delay in Brexit, an economically disastrous no-deal Brexit, a snap election or a second vote - are there, the ultimate outcome remains anybody's guess. She survived a bid to oust her through a no-confidence vote in December, so can't be forced from office for a year. As a result, she can not be forced from office for a year.

"This was already apparent from the Withdrawal Agreement and had been acknowledged in the Attorney General's previous legal advice". May herself helped negotiate and approve.

If Parliament throws out Ms.

"I am very, very suspicious and concerned about the time scale", Conservative lawmaker Andrew Bridgen said. May's position will become "less and less tenable" if she suffers more defeats in Parliament this week.

"This evening in Strasbourg the prime minister".

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