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RECAP: Brits in Europe vent anger after May postpones Brexit vote


Published: 10.Dec.2018 18:45 hrs

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has formally told the UK Parliament that the vote has been postponed because there is not enough support for the current backstop solution to avoid a hard border in Ireland. She has said she will go back to the EU to improve on the deal, especially with regards to the backstop. Rights groups in Europe have expressed anger that the vote was postponed.

British PM Theresa May has postponed the UK Parliament's vote on the draft Brexit deal because of MPs' "concerns" about the backstop, which could threaten "a hard border" between Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

"The deal would be rejected by a significant margin," said May, justifying why the vote will be delayed. "We will not seek to divide the house at this time." The issue of the backstop is the one that has caused the largest division, says May, and prompted the decision to postpone the vote. 

May says she will consult again with EU leaders on the backstop PM says a second referendum risks "dividing the country again" Leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn calls for the PM to "make way" if she cannot get a new consensus out of Brussels and the EU27 PM Theresa May refuses to commit to a new date for the vote, although it will have to be in the next 42 days – before January 21st, 2019.  May says discussions with EU leaders reassured her that they are open to some renegotiations. The EU Commission has said that the current deal is final and non-negotiable.  British in Europe lament being left "in limbo" for even longer about the future status of British citizens in Europe EU Council President Donald Tusk says the deal, including the backstop, will not be renegotiated. 

19:11 EU Council says it will not renegotiate backstop

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