Brexit: May to pursue EU concessions to pacify rebels

Jan 21, 2019, 6:04 AM EST
May’s decision to try and extract concessions from Brussels can be linked to threats from senior Conservative MPs.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to float proposals in the parliament that would take Brexit proceedings back to negotiations with the European Union over the Irish backstop instead of attempting to forge a consensus among all parties.

May’s decision to try and extract concessions from Brussels can be linked to threats from senior Conservative MPs, who say they could break away from the party if the prime minister yields to Labor’s demands of a customs union arrangement, notes The Guardian.

The Brexit deal, proposed by May, was voted down by a historic margin in the House of Commons last week, with 118 Tory MPs joining hands with the Labor’s in delivering a crushing defeat to the prime minister, reports Reuters.

The public opinion on the Brexit crisis mirrors the bitter divisions among the lawmakers, as revealed by a poll in which 28% voters backed a no-deal Brexit, 24% supported calls for a second referendum, 11% consider a general election the right way forward and 8% backing May to go ahead with building consensus.