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UK PM May Sets New Vote on Brexit Deal for June


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Wed, 15 May 2019 18:42 GMT

British Prime Minister Theresa May will try again to get parliament to back a Brexit deal early next month. The timing would mean the UK could leave the European Union in the summer, according to AP.

May’s office, 10 Downing Street, gave out a statement saying that the withdrawal agreement bill would be voted on in the week beginning June 3rd. It further stated that it was “imperative we do so then if the UK is to leave the EU before the summer parliamentary recess.”

Hearing the news, the immediate question arises, what deal that would be. Is May that certain the cross-party talks between her governing Conservative party and the opposing Labour party will reach a compromise by then?

So far, after 5 weeks of negotiations, no signs of real progress have been reported from the meetings. The talks were started in the hope that the UK’s two main parties could find an agreement that a majority of lawmakers would support.

The red lines on both sides are primarily about how close an economic relationship the UK should have with the EU after the country exits the European Union. Both party leaders, May and Labour head Jeremy Corbyn, are getting pressure from their party members to not make concessions to the other side.

May and Corbyn met in person on Tuesday, May 14th, and Downing Street commented the meeting was "useful and constructive." The talks are also expected to continue.

But Labour has previously seemed pessimistic on the process when Corbyn commented during the party’s European elections campaign, “So far in those talks, there has been no big offer, and the red lines remain.”

After the meeting on Tuesday, Labour said in a statement that Corbyn expressed concerns to May "about the prime minister's ability to deliver on any compromise agreement."

The alternative would be for May to bring forward her previously negotiated deal again, which MPs have effectively rejected three times in Commons votes already.

BBC journalist Norman Smith tweeted that Number 10 said, the UK was set for no-deal or for Article 50 to be revoked if May's deal is defeated again, as the EU would not grant a further extension after October 31st.

British newspaper the Guardian reported that MPs on all sides of the Brexit divide vowed to vote down May’s withdrawal agreement when the government brings the bill to the House of Commons next month.