May faces two days of Brexit votes

May faces two days of Brexit votes

Prime Minister Theresa May has called on her fellow Conservative MPs to support her ahead of two days of crucial votes on the EU Withdrawal Bill, warning that a defeat for the government would undermine her negotiating position.
Her position could not be much weaker.
She told the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers to think of the message sent to the EU if amendments to the bill approved by the House of Lords were carried by MPs this week.
“I am trying to negotiate the best deal for Britain. I am confident I can get a deal that allows us to strike our own trade deals while having a border with the EU which is as frictionless as possible. But if the Lords amendments are allowed to stand, that negotiating position will be undermined,” the enfeebled leader said.
The unelected upper chamber approved 15 amendments to the bill, which repeals the act that brought Britain into the common market in 1973.
MPs will debate and vote on the amendments for six hours today (Tuesday) and a further six hours tomorrow.

“Tide turning”

An Irish EU commissioner has argued that UK public opinion is turning against the impending divorce and  “the tide is finally starting to go out on the high priests of Brexit”.
Phil Hogan said UK voters were finally seeing through the “deception and lies” of the leave camp, with polls showing EU support ahead. A referendum on the final deal was causing Eurosceptics to “panic”, Hogan said.
The EU agriculture commissioner said London lacked a plan and that the cabinet was failing to even agree with itself on a “workable solution” to issues like the Irish border.
“There is also the unmistakable sense that the mood is changing in the UK. Public opinion is starting to move, and all recent polling shows the remain side firmly ahead.
“This is an important change, because well into 2017, the polls showed a majority still in favour of Brexit.
“British business is raising its voice in exasperation at the government’s lack of a plan.
“Arch-Brexiteers like Nigel Farage and Michael Gove are disowning their pre-referendum promises of a land of milk and honey, and a sense of panic is setting in among them that the British public is finally seeing through their deception and lies.
“Calls are growing for some form of ‘people’s referendum’ on the final Brexit deal, if there is one. There is still a lot of ball to be played.”
Polling by YouGov suggests 73 per cent of all voters and 70 per cent of leave voters think Brexit is going badly. A feeble 6 per cent said they expected Brexit to go well.

Pro-EU protesters are marking two years since the referendum in London on June 23. Picture credit: Eurasia Times

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