Sterling Tanks on Brexit Legal Advice

Sterling Tanks on Brexit Legal Advice

"If they do, it can be challenged through arbitration and if they are found to be in breach the United Kingdom can suspend the backstop", the prime minister said.

The first is a "joint legally binding instrument" which May said had "comparable legal weight" to the Brexit agreement itself and would "guarantee that the European Union can not act with the intent of applying the backstop indefinitely".

May said Monday that she had secured "legally binding changes" to her Brexit deal, which addressed concerns over the Irish backstop, an insurance policy created to avoid a hard border in Ireland.

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The back-stop measure is meant to reassure Britain it won't be trapped forever in a mechanism created to prevent a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

"MPs were clear that legal changes were needed to the backstop".

Labour leader Mr Corbyn urged MPs to vote against the deal when it returns to the Commons, saying the prime minister had "recklessly run down the clock" on negotiations. The legal situation remains effectively unchanged, as May's attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, confirmed Tuesday.

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After talks with European Union negotiator Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday evening, the prime minister said she "passionately believed" her Brexit deal addressed concerns raised by MPs.

MPs could then potentially vote on May's deal for a third time.

HuffPost UK understands the DUP can not back May's deal in light of Cox's advice, and are likely to be followed by scores of Tory Brexiteers who have said they will be guided by the Northern Irish party.

Even if they formally get on board, though, there will be a rump of super-committed Tory eurosceptics - both inside and outside the ERG - who will always vote against any version of May's deal. "These are things any responsible politician should care about", Mr Juncker said. "We have a deal on the table which does exactly do this".

Cabinet office minister David Lidington told the House of Commons on Monday night that the two sides agreed on a "joint instrument" clarifying the withdrawal deal.

His legal opinion sent Sterling sharply lower and dented risk appetite more generally as the chances rose that May will lose the vote on her deal in the UK Parliament that is due to take place at 1900 GMT. But he made a decision to wait so his Cabinet could discuss possible progress in the Brexit process.

The main sticking point is a measure to ensure the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland remains open, a key issue for Varadkar's government. But the great majority of lawmakers, including most Conservative members of Parliament, will vote against a no-deal Brexit because they believe it would be economically damaging and disruptive.

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