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19 May, 2019 08:48

‘PM in denial’: UK’s May wants to make ‘bold offer’ to MPs to save Brexit deal

‘PM in denial’: UK’s May wants to make ‘bold offer’ to MPs to save Brexit deal

The UK’s Theresa May has promised to make a “bold offer” to MPs in the coming weeks, as part of a final attempt to get her thrice-scuppered Brexit withdrawal deal over the line before she steps down as prime minister.

Writing in the Sunday Times, the Tory leader said the potential offer would be discussed at cabinet level this week, with the possibility of a number of votes to test the measures in Parliament before a fourth vote on her deal, expected for June. The “offer” comes after cross-party talks on Brexit with the opposition Labour Party collapsed on Friday without any agreement.

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“We have been able to find common ground with Labour on a number of issues,” May said of the failed talks, adding that despite the continued impasse, progress had been made on workers’ rights, the environment, and security. However, she dismissed the question of a confirmatory referendum on Brexit, calling it “not a course I have ever supported.”

May said she believes her “bold” offer, with an “improved package of measures” for her Withdrawal Agreement Bill, will win enough support in the Commons. “I will not be simply asking MPs to think again,” she said. “Instead I will ask them to look at a new and improved deal with fresh pairs of eyes — and to give it their support.”

However, those she is trying to win over have already responded negatively. “A bold offer, this is a PM in denial,” tweeted Ian Blackford, SNP’s leader in Westminster. “Theresa May’s deal can’t command the support of her own party never mind the rest of us,” he added.

Due to the lack of a majority for her Conservative Party in Parliament, May has already failed to get her EU Withdrawal deal passed three times, failing by margins of 230, 149, and 58 votes. The deadlock resulted in the UK missing its planned Brexit date of March 29, with membership extended until October 31.

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