UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU
With increasing pressure to publish the legal advice on Brexit, Theresa May is facing growing parliamentary turmoil in the run up to the Commons vote on the withdrawal agreement. Leaked details of the advice, suppressed by the Government, state that Britain would be trapped “indefinitely” in a customs union with Brussels if MPs back Theresa May’s Brexit deal. However the attorney-general will try to reassure MPs that they do not need to see his full legal advice on Theresa May’s Brexit deal despite ministers risking being held in contempt of Parliament. The Government has published a summary of its legal advice.
As scores of Conservative MPs are saying they are ready to vote against the prime minister’s deal, Labour is facing growing scrutiny on its stance.
The DUP have threatened to abandon Theresa May in a confidence vote if she fails to get her Brexit deal through Parliament.
Wrangling over a planned politicians’ TV debate on Brexit due to take place at the weekend has intensified after both Conservative Brexit supporters and the Liberal Democrats formally wrote to broadcasters insisting they should be included.
Both BBC and ITV initially pushed ahead with plans to host a Sunday evening televised Brexit debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, despite the physical impossibility of the prime minister and the Labour leader being in two different television studios at the same time. However the BBC subsequently withdrew.
Dr Liam Fox gave a speech entitled ‘A world beyond Europe, a time beyond Brexit’.
For Politics.co.uk Ian Dunt has discussed the three defeats Theresa May suffered in Parliamentary votes on Tuesday. This included MPs passing the Dominic Grieve amendment which aims to give Parliament a greater role in what happens if May’s deal is rejected.
Top Cabinet ministers including Gavin Williamson have urged Theresa May to delay the Brexit vote or risk Government collapse. Meanwhile Nigel Dodds has set out the DUP position, that the DUP would support the Government in a vote of confidence if Theresa May’s Brexit deal is defeated. However Theresa May has dismissed talk of any delay to the Brexit vote.
The British Government has been accused of failing to protect the rights of British and EU citizens in the event of a no-deal Brexit, as Michel Barnier reiterated that he would not renegotiate the agreement currently on the table.