Theresa May offers 'new Brexit deal' in last-ditch effort to leave EU

Changes Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay is reviewing the Withdrawal Bill

Changes Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay is reviewing the Withdrawal Bill

British Prime Minister Theresa May had pledged to make a "bold offer" in her final attempt to push the Brexit deal through the parliament.

A string of Conservative MPs have said they can no longer back Theresa May's Brexit deal, in a sign that many could be willing to vote it down in order to hasten her departure as prime minister.

"The government will therefore include in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill at introduction a requirement to vote on whether to hold a second referendum", she said.

There are reports the refashioned agreement will not only contain no proposals on customs arrangements that might win Labour support, but will also keep the same backstop plans for the Irish border.

As part of her proposed Withdrawal Agreement, the House of Commons could hold a vote on whether a second referendum should take place ahead of any ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement.

Most MPs in parliament have always opposed an exit from the European Union and many are vociferously against a WTO-style Brexit so when faced with a choice between the latter, a politically explosive decision to revoke Article 50 and supporting the PM, some of them could well choose to back the Prime Minister's agreement.

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May didn't offer fresh details, but she has previously promised to outline the timetable of her departure if she loses the next Brexit vote.

But most of her concessions were aimed at the left-of-centre opposition Labour Party.

"We need to be clear, that if we do not resolve this issue in the next few weeks, there is a real risk of a new prime minister abandoning the search for a deal, and shifting towards seeking a damaging no-deal exit as a matter of policy", Hammond said.

"Today I am making a serious offer to MPs across parliament - a new Brexit deal", May said in a nationally televised address delivered from the offices of a major accounting firm in London.

"I do not believe that this is a route she should take. but I recognise the genuine and honest strength of feeling" on the issue, she said.

Labour has feared any compromises on issues such as workers' rights would be torn up by May's successor.

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"I wouldn't put money on my backing the deal", Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said Tuesday.

May said Friday that British lawmakers "will be faced with a stark choice: that is to vote to ... deliver Brexit, or to shy away again from delivering Brexit with all the uncertainty that that would leave".

"If parliament won't back a deal then it needs to confront that reality", he told Sky News television.

May, who knows her legacy will be dominated by Brexit, implored lawmakers to let Britain leave the European Union "in a way that protects jobs, protects our security, maintains a close relationship with our friends and works for the whole United Kingdom".

Boris Johnson, the face of the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, said he would be standing as a candidate to replace May as Conservative leader and is the clear favourite among party members according to a poll published on Friday (17 May).

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