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May faces fresh obstacles in pushing Brexit plan through Commons

IANS  |  London 

UK was facing an increasingly uphill struggle in her bid to push her government's plan through Parliament on Wednesday as opposition lawmakers pushed for amendments to minimize the chances of a no-deal in case her deal gets voted down.

May, of the minority government, took part in a second day of debate in the House of Commons, the UK's lower chamber of lawmaking, since proceedings recommenced in the new year almost a month after an initial on the topic was postponed at the last minute to avoid an almost certain flop.

Dominic Grieve, a pro-European Tory MP, lodged an amendment for debate on Wednesday that, if successful, would force May to reveal a plan B for within three days if her current deal fails when it is put to a re-scheduled vote on January 15, news reported.

It followed a similar measure tabled late on Tuesday by opposition which sought to limit the government's ability to use taxpayer money in case of a no-deal

The cross-party moves against the government were an effort to prevent May from using the threat of a no-deal Brexit, whereby the UK would crash out of the bloc with no future framework in place, as leverage to wind down the clock and convince MPs to back her plan, which she has presented as the only option available.

The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29, exactly two years after May enacted Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to officially notify the of the UK's decision to leave following a referendum in 2016.

Senior Labour officials, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, have advocated a fresh in order to secure a better deal with the EU.

The EU has consistently said the package, which was agreed upon after two years of talks, was not up for re-negotiation.

Adding to May's woes was the Democratic Unionist Party, a right-wing regional platform from that props up the Prime Minister's executive, which has threatened to shoot down the plan unless it gets further clarifications on the terms and conditions of the Irish backstop.

The backstop would act as an to maintain an open border between the Republic of and in the event of a no deal.

The pro-British DUP, however, has objected to the hypothetical situation that could, therefore, be held in regulatory alignment with rather than

All negotiating parties have expressed their desire to avoid the need for such a backstop.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 20:10 IST