The UK is meant to leave the EU in just 24 days. But the exit plan remains in limbo. And globalists continue to press for a second referendum in hopes that if the people vote often enough, it will eventually go their way.
In a last-ditch effort to keep Brexit on track, British Prime Minister Theresa May sent her Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay to Brussels to secure the changes needed to get her withdrawal deal approved.
But to no avail, as UK Reuters reported this morning.
No progress with negotiations
May has been struggling with her withdrawal deal since its rejection in parliament back in January.
One major reason for the deal’s dismissal was its solution to the UK–EU divide between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland that would occur after Brexit.
May’s ‘backstop’ solution, which would prevent a ‘hard border’ between the British Province of Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland did not impress her fellow MPs.
According to RAW, Cox’s mission was to amend this part of the deal with EU negotiators, in the hopes that it would be enough to win parliamentary approval.
The plan was for Cox and Barclay to hold a 90-minute meeting with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and other officials, with further discussions to follow over dinner.
But after three hours in the initial meeting, no such agreement was reached. Lower ranking officials will attempt to continue negotiations later today.
Foreign Minister says Britain still wants a timely Brexit
This is all in an effort to find a compromise that can rule out a ‘no deal’ Brexit, which many MPs and citizens alike are dreading.
In particular, some businesses fear that a disorderly Brexit will present risks for their companies. BMW, for instance, say they may move some of their production out of Britain as a result.
As such, Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt believes much of Britain is still on board to meet the 29 March deadline, telling BBC radio:
‘We all want to leave at the end of this month and it depends how quickly we can get a deal through.’
He also believes the situation has ‘transformed in a positive direction’ over the last month, but there are still changes that need to occur.
‘Our ask of the EU is an important ask … but it is one ask and it’s a simple one. We need substantive changes that will allow the attorney general to change his advice to the government that says that, at the moment, theoretically, we could be trapped in the backstop indefinitely,’ he said.
What this means for Brexit
May’s struggle is convincing the EU that she can in fact win the support from her deeply divided parliament.
Her one selling pitch seems to be that the other two options — a no-deal Brexit or a delayed Brexit — seem more concerning.
But according to RAW, both British and EU officials have said any delay would only be for a few months. And the opposition have even said they would vote for a second referendum before agreeing to May’s withdrawal deal.
Right now, hopes rest on Cox returning from Brussels with enough alterations to convince the Eurosceptic MPs. But as we’ve discussed, this doesn’t look likely.
We’ll see what the next parliament vote, scheduled for 12 March, will add to this mess.
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