Government considering move on workers’ rights to win Brexit deal support

11 January, 2019, 10:16 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • French Europe minister Nathalie Loiseau in conversation with compatriot Michel Barnier the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator More

Scotland's most senior Labour MP has warned it would be a "betrayal" for the party to go into a snap election on a platform of continuing with Brexit, after Jeremy Corbyn said the Prime Minister had "lost the right to govern". This LBC listener was keen to know.

Rebel Conservative MPs have joined forces with Labour to inflict a fresh blow on Theresa May's government in a Commons Brexit vote.

The future of Brexit remains deeply uncertain - with options ranging from a disorderly exit from the European Union to another membership referendum - because British lawmakers are expected on January 15 to vote down the deal May struck with the EU in November.

However, some in Mrs May's party think her deal is so bad that Britain should make "no deal" the government's official policy and walk away.

Watch what happened next above.

The EU has ruled out even meeting with UK Brexit negotiators to talk about any changes to the agreement. "There won't be any meeting as such, because negotiations have been completed", a spokesperson for the EU told reporters in Brussels on Monday.

Mrs May retorted: "The only way to avoid no-deal is to vote for the deal".

However, a sizeable defeat (100+ MPs) would suggest the European Union are unlikely to offer anything substantive and a big directional shift in Brexit strategy is required by the government.

If Prime Minister Theresa May can't win over Brexiteers, she can work on Labour MPs to form a cross-party consensus.

With just 78 days to go until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, Mrs May is looking at introducing an amendment that would keep the bloc's rules on pay and conditions, health and safety and environmental standards to win the support of Labour MPs.

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Environment Secretary Michael Gove told Cabinet that those considering rejecting Mrs May's agreement in the hope of securing a better deal were like swingers in their mid-50s waiting for film star Scarlett Johansson to turn up on a date.

"It will be hugely disruptive if there was a no-deal Brexit for the supply chains that we operate.", its Chief Executive Mike Coupe said. Under party policy agreed a year ago, if Mrs May refuses to call an election, Labour may then pivot to pushing for a second referendum.

May postponed an initial vote last month in the face of opposition from all sides of the House of Commons, but has now set it for next Tuesday evening after 1900 GMT, following five days of debate which start on Wednesday. And for Sterling, the success or failure of the Brexit deal is critical.

"But what the prime minister has achieved, she has actually been able to negotiate a deal that is able to deliver us so numerous benefits of the membership of the European Union but outside the European Union and that's what I hope will be passed".

Mr Clark said:"In recent weeks, confidence from investors has been shaken".

The government said it was an "inconvenience" but would not stop its preparations for leaving the EU.

May's de-facto deputy cautioned lawmakers that it was a delusion to think the government would be able to negotiate a new divorce deal with the European Union if parliament voted down her deal. It's simply not viable for so many practical reasons.

The de-facto deputy Prime Minister, David Lidington, said the only way to avoid a disruptive no-deal "is for Parliament to endorse and ratify a deal".

But not all world leaders have supported Mrs May's deal - in November, President Trump said it "sounds like a great deal for the EU".

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