Vastavam web: British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would seek a “pragmatic solution” to a parliamentary impasse over the terms on which Britain leaves the European Union when she tries to reopen talks with Brussels. With less than two months until Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29, concerns are growing over the risk of a disorderly ‘no deal’ exit.
Japanese carmaker Nissan cancelled plans to build its new X-Trail SUV in Britain, saying while it had taken the decision for business reasons the continued uncertainty around Britain’s future EU ties was “not helping companies like ours to plan for the future.” The EU has rejected reopening talks on the so-called ‘backstop’, an insurance policy to keep an open border on the island of Ireland if Britain and the EU fail to reach a longer-term trade agreement before the end of a transition period.
“MPs said that, with changes to the Northern Ireland backstop, they would support the deal that I agreed with Brussels to take us out of the EU,” May wrote in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper. But prominent eurosceptic Conservative Steve Baker said many pro-Brexit lawmakers had broader concerns about her deal.
“Now the PM co-opts us into accepting everything but the backstop,” he said on Twitter, adding if all that was agreed on the backstop was a codicil, May could “expect a further substantial defeat for the agreement.” Baker will be among Conservatives meeting with Brexit minister Stephen Barclay on Monday, May’s office said, to discuss a compromise plan put forward by a group of lawmakers to find an alternative to the backstop.
“Are they really saying that they would rather not negotiate and end up in a ‘no-deal’ position?” Fox told Sky News. “It is in all our interests to get to that agreement and for the EU to say we are not going to even discuss it seems to me to be quite irresponsible.” May said she was “determined” to deliver Brexit on March 29, but Fox echoed comments by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Thursday that a delay to that leaving date may be needed in order to get legislation through parliament.