The British government is to ask parliament to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to rework her divorce deal with the European Union.
Housing and Communities Secretary James Brokenshire told AP on Sunday, February 10th, that parliament would get to pass judgment on May's Brexit plan by no later than February 27th.
According to Reuters, as the clock ticks down to Britain's scheduled exit on March 29th, May is trying to persuade the EU to change a deal that was agreed between London and Brussels late last year, but overwhelmingly rejected by parliament in January.
May wants to win over MP’s in her own party, the Conservatives, with changes relating to the Northern Irish border, but the EU has refused to reopen that part of the deal, and instead wants May to pursue a compromise with the main opposition Labour Party by agreeing to closer UK-EU ties.
The impasse has left the world's fifth largest economy facing an uncertain future, and has rattled financial markets and businesses about the prospect of a no-deal exit from the EU bloc that could damage Britain’s economy, Reuters said.
Reuters, citing a government source, that May would commit to giving parliament another debate on Brexit by February 27th, with the chance to vote on alternative options, if a deal had not yet been agreed and voted upon by then.
In addition, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay will meet EU negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday, February 11th, to discuss changes to the part of the exit deal relating to the 'backstop', an insurance policy against the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland, between EU member Ireland and British Northern Ireland.