December 11, 2018

UK: May meets EU leaders to secure "reassurances" over Brexit backstop

Jack BuckbyRebel Contributor

Forgotten about the looming threat of a no confidence vote against PM Theresa May? So had I.

There are rumours that Sir Graham Brady, Chairman of the 1922 Committee, has now received the 48 letters required to call for a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister, but that this won’t be announced until Mrs May has returned to the UK after beginning new talks with European leaders. Tim Dawson of the Telegraph and Spectator announced on the news on Twitter.

The Prime Minister hopped across the Channel today to begin talks with European leaders to try and secure new concessions, or likely just new "reassurances," in an attempt to rescue her Brexit deal. She met German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte today in order to secure assurances over the backstop issue.

She needs to find a way to convince Parliamentarians that if the backstop comes into play, the UK will not be held indefinitely within it and Northern Ireland will not be treated different to the rest of the UK.

It’s not looking good, though. Merkel said today that the Brexit deal could not be renegotiated, and so did Jean-Claude Juncker. Speaking to MEPs in Strasbourg, the Commission President Juncker said that he was willing to offer ‘further clarification’ over the backstop, but that there is "no room whatsoever" to change the agreement at this stage.

That means Eurosceptics won’t be won over by any reassurances May might get from her visit. If the ERG are to vote in favour of her deal, or even non-ERG Brexiteers in Parliament, she would need a change to the withdrawal text.

Therefore, her mission is to fully reassure Remainers and loosely-pro-Brexit MPs that her deal will not leave us stuck in the backstop.

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commented 2018-12-11 21:29:39 -0500
RON JOSEPH commented 1 hour ago.
Keith Barnes said, “transferring the UK……………..

Ooops, my transferring (Last comment) should have been Transforming.
Yes Ron, I think You are right. I get most of my European News from ‘Red’ Sky News, a far left rag but fairly honest re Muslims &Co. on the 9th of this month they were reporting that there had been 72 people killed by knife attacks in the UK, so far, this year. and that is only knife attacks and dose not include deaths by other means. London has a higher murder rate than New York.
Welcome to Englanistan.
commented 2018-12-11 19:50:22 -0500
Keith Barnes said, “transferring the UK into a third world country full of Muslims”

Keith, if a person that only watches CTV or CBC saw the above, they would think you were just joking. It sounds impossible as Muslims are only 6 or 7 % of the people.
After watching the UK transform over the years, and the people in place, it is very likely to happen.
commented 2018-12-11 17:20:15 -0500
Yeah sure, she is there to take orders.
commented 2018-12-11 14:44:34 -0500
The EU will not back down, they are to interested in taking control of the British Armed Forces and then transferring the UK into a third world country full of Muslims. May only has one choice; Dump the EU.