UK's May says she'll still have her job after Brexit vote

UK's May says she'll still have her job after Brexit vote

UK's May says she'll still have her job after Brexit vote

An Irish border backstop installed in the case of a no-deal Brexit would continue to apply "unless and until it is superseded" by a new agreement, Government legal advice says.

Meanwhile, May's chief Brexit adviser secretly warned her that the Northern Ireland "backstop" agreed in her deal with Brussels was a "bad outcome" for Britain, it has been reported.

"There is no Plan B", Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

Now the DUP is preparing to withdraw its support for the prime minister in such a vote if, as expected, MPs vote to reject her Brexit deal next week, according to The Times. On Sunday its Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, increased the pressure on May by saying Labour would start contempt proceedings against the government if it did not publish its legal advice.

Ministers chose not to oppose the motion - tabled by Labour under an arcane procedure known as the humble address - as they feared a damaging Commons defeat.

Earlier, Mrs May's chief Brexit adviser told MPs the border backstop was a "slightly uncomfortable necessity" for both the United Kingdom and the European Union. "Thus, the choir screaming about deficiencies in the Prime Minister's Brexit plan has become very vocal, with several MPs in turn pointing out that the deal is far from gaining a majority".

"The protocol would endure indefinitely", he is reported to have written.

Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab - who quit last month over the withdrawal agreement - said the legal position was clear.

"We've got a wish-list of aspirations that we intend to negotiate with the European Union (after) we've lost our voice, our veto and our vote", he told Sky News.

Asked whether she had been able to reassure Mr Abe that she would not allow no-deal to happen, Mrs May said only that she believed she had negotiated a good deal which would allow UK-based Japanese firms to maintain trade relations with Europe.

"That's my view as a former global lawyer, but it is consistent if not identical with all of the formal advice I received".

In an article for the Daily Mail, he warned that Brexit could be "in peril" if the agreement was voted down.

However, the government is refusing to publish the advice in full, risking a constitutional stand-off with MPs. Such advice is usually kept confidential. "And these are exceptional circumstances".

They put forward a motion, which was backed by 311-293 in a vote on Tuesday, that found ministers in contempt of parliament and ordered the immediate publication of the advice.

The government has promised to give lawmakers access to the legal analysis of the Brexit deal and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox will make a statement to parliament on Monday. If it passes, it would then be referred to a committee which would rule on whether contempt had taken place.

In theory, the most severe penalty is expulsion from the House, although the prospects of that happening would appear remote.

"Today's finding of contempt is a badge of shame for this government".

Following her attendance at the G20 summit in Argentina, the Prime Minister will say she held talks with a series of leaders keen to strike agreements with the United Kingdom once it is outside the EU.

The prime minister will on Monday make another speech to MPs in an attempt to sell her deal.

"I'm focusing on ... getting that vote and getting the vote over the line", she said.

The pact has been criticized within May's own party, both by supporters of a cleaner break with the European Union and by opponents of Brexit.

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