Luxembourg PM tells United Kingdom journalist ‘Brexit is your choice, not mine’

ANTI-BREXIT campaigners wave Union and EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday.—AFP

Now during the year, no one will be able to initiate a vote of no confidence in may as leader. She made her first splash by telling Tories at an annual conference to stop being "the nasty party" if they wanted to win.

"The next elections will be held in 2022".

Lawmakers said she told them she recognised that the party did not want her to lead them into the next election, a gesture that could help her win over some wavering MPs on Wednesday night.

May, who on Wednesday survived a plot in her party to oust her, asked European Union leaders at a summit in Brussels for political and legal assurances that she said could convince the British parliament to approve her deal.

With four months left before the United Kingdom leaves the Union, May faces deadlock in Parliament over the deal she signed with the EU last month.

"What they [EU leaders] will probably do is again repeat that their intention and desire is to work towards arrangements which obviate the need for the backstop", Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said.

Downing Street said that MPs will not be able to vote on the deal before the end of the year, though it assured they will be able to do so before January 21, 2019.

May said the date of the new vote would be "announced in the normal way".

The summit took place over Thursday and Friday, in which UK Prime Minister Theresa May was attempting to renegotiate on the Northern Irish backstop.

Mrs May urged European Union leaders to work with her to "change the perception" of the controversial backstop plan. However, in return, she promised to resign as conservative leader and eventually Prime Minister until the election of 2022.

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"Colleagues were so exasperated that she left with less than she could have got", a European source said.

She added: "I don't expect an immediate breakthrough but what I do hope is that we can start work as quickly as possible on the assurances that are necessary".

But he said that it might be possible to "provide a little better explanation or definition or go into detail" on the provisions of the agreement.

"Theresa May scrapes home", said The Times. "But the problem is that both in relation to Brexit and the wider sustainability of the Government, the given likelihood of any changes to the deal, given the likely scale of opposition, it looks very hard to see how this Prime Minister can lead us forward". "Everybody asked: What exactly do you want?", he said.

But Mr Wilson told BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett: "We don't need to be in talks with Labour. But we can clarify and reassure", French President Emmanuel Macron said. May had cancelled the vote this week and instead made a dash across Europe trying desperately to get some concessions for her deal.

He called on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to "come off the fence" and back another public vote on Brexit. But she still faces the danger of a no-confidence motion in the House of Commons, which could bring her Government down if backed by more than half of all MPs.

But the DUP - which props up May's government - said it would not support such a motion at this stage.

But Conservative Remainer Sarah Wollaston, argued that replacing Mrs May with one of the Brexiteers' favourites would not enable the ERG to get their version of Brexit through the Commons.

Tony Blair insisted today there must be a second referendum on Brexit because of the "crisis" over Theresa May's deal.



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