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Back EU repeal Bill or face Brexit 'cliff edge': Theresa May

May failed to win a clear mandate at a snap election in June & has a slim majority in UK Parliament

Costas Pitas | Reuters  |  London 

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Theresa May. Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister warned lawmakers that could be faced with a “cliff edge” if they failed to back her EU repeal Bill, as reports suggested momentum was growing within her party to unseat her.

With British lawmakers readying for their first full parliamentary debate on the legislation that will sever the country’s ties with the European Union, the minister responsible for overseeing the divorce proceedings admitted on Sunday that some payments would continue to Brussels after left.

May failed to win a clear mandate at a snap election in June and only has a slim majority in parliament that rests on an agreement with a smaller party. She remains vulnerable if pro-in her team up with other parties to vote down legislation or support amendments.

In Thursday’s debate, the main opposition is planning to propose several changes to the repeal bill with a view to keeping in the single market and customs union during a transition period after 2019, according to The Times.

On Saturday, May’s deputy advised Conservative lawmakers against doing anything that would increase Labour’s chances of returning to power, while May said the bill was the best way to ensure a successful

“(It is) the single most important step we can take to prevent a cliff-edge for people and businesses, because it transfers laws and provides legal continuity,” she said in comments provided by her office.

But in a move that would irk many Eurosceptics, the Sunday Times said May was preparing to pay a divorce bill of up to 50 billion pounds ($65 billion) to the EU. A spokeswoman at May’s office told Reuters the report, which cited an unnamed source “is simply not true.”

Britain’s chief negotiator, David Davis, also dismissed the 50 billion figure.

He did say was likely to end up paying money into the after for access to like space and nuclear research, though the sum would not be large over the medium to long-term.


First Published: Mon, September 04 2017. 02:29 IST