British government to put forward Brexit bill in June


British lawmakers will vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal in the first week of June, the same week U.S. President Donald Trump is due to visit Britain, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Wednesday.

The plan was announced during a meeting between the UK Prime Minister and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, according to a Downing Street spokesman.

"I would encourage both my colleagues in the Conservative party in the House of Commons and the Labour Party to try to walk back to the centre and let's get a deal over the line".

Presumably the PM and ministers have noticed that mortgaging the UK's Brexit future to Jeremy Corbyn is haemorrhaging the Tory vote.

Brexit had been due to take place on March 29, but the deadline has since been extended to October 31 to buy the government more time to come up with a plan almost three years after British voters opted to leave the EU.

"And of course it would absolutely split the Conservative Party".

"If the prime minister brings the withdrawal bill to the Commons for a vote the question will be 'what has changed?'" said Nigel Dodds, whose Democratic Union Party has a strategic alliance with May's Conservatives.

A handout photograph taken and released by the UK Parliament on 3 April 2019 shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) question and answer session in the House of Commons in London.

A Labour spokesman said: "We are not in the business of getting into a auto without knowing where it's going".

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Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said another vote will be a "betrayal" and described the talks as being in a "crunch week". McDonnell, Labour's financial spokesman and a member of the party's negotiating team, said the situation was precarious.

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"Her withdrawal deal will not get through parliament".

The ongoing Brexit shambles has already brought about enormous damage, which would only be exacerbated if we actually leave the EU.

Cross-party Brexit talks between Labour and the Tories have so far failed to produce a compromise agreement.

If the bill is introduced in the first week of June it will come seven days after the European Parliament elections - which Education Secretary Damian Hinds has acknowledged could be "difficult" for the Conservatives.

The DUP, on whose support May depends to command a majority in parliament, says efforts to avoid a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland - keeping Northern Ireland largely aligned with the European Union until a new trade deal can be agreed, also known as the "backstop" position - undermines the integrity of the United Kingdom, creating a trade border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

Ms Davidson said: "I think it's clear that people are frustrated that Brexit hasn't happened yet, because they were told it would". There is also pressure on Labour to insist on a second referendum. It will still contain the "backstop" to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland, and Labour's demands for a permanent customs union will be ignored.

"Unless she can demonstrate something new that addresses the problem of the backstop then it is highly likely her deal will go down to defeat once again".

They also said it was "imperative" that any exit plan be approved by parliament before MPs go on their summer holiday, which normally begins at the end of July.