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Attorney General accidentally calls backstop 'mess' in Commons — Geoffrey Cox BLUNDER

Nigel Dodds deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party speaks outside the Cabinet Office in London's Whitehall. Jonathan Brady  PA Wire Nigel Dodds deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party speaks outside the Cabinet Office in London's Whitehall. Jonathan Brady PA Wire
Patty Aguilar | 14 March, 2019, 15:56

Sterling rose sharply on Tuesday as speculation swirled that British Prime Minister Theresa May might be closer to securing approval for her Brexit deal.

On the agenda: the fate of the Irish border.

"If there is no support for the Withdrawal Agreement tomorrow, perhaps there is no support for Brexit at all", he suggested, implicitly warning Brexiteer dreams may be thwarted by pro-Europeans in parliament. But the great majority of lawmakers, including most Conservative members of Parliament, will vote against a no-deal Brexit because they believe it would be economically damaging and disruptive.

Parliament passed an amendment to give May a mandate to seek legally binding changes on the European Union withdrawal.

Mr Cox looked at the changes that Mrs May had agreed, but concluded that the legal risk had not changed.

If she wins, Britain will be on track to leave the European Union with a deal in 17 days' time.

Now this all goes back to the Irish backstop that Theresa May was talking about. The backstop is an insurance policy against a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for trade purposes.

'It does not allow the United Kingdom the right to terminate the backstop at the timing of its own choice'.

John Whittingdale, a Brexit-supporting Conservative lawmaker, said the attorney general's advice was "pretty terminal" for May's plan. Lawmakers voted down the deal in January by an even bigger margin.

The answer to this will come down to the legal advice from Attorney General Geoffrey Cox.

Supporters say it allows Britain to control immigration and take advantage of global opportunities, striking new trade deals with the United States and others while still keeping close links to the European Union, which, even without Britain, would be a single market of 440 million people. It has the same legal status as the Withdrawal Agreement. Does that help bolster her? It is legally binding.

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Other EU nations welcomed the overnight agreement, and urged British politicians to seize the chance to back the deal and ensure an orderly departure. So will she win?

STEVE CANNANE: Well of those 230 votes, 118 were Tory MPs and she's got to shift them. The U.K. won't be represented in the European Parliament after it quits the EU; its seats already have been given to other countries to fill in the elections.

With the future of the Brexit deal still hanging in the balance, lawmakers were studying the assurances with lawyers prior to the move.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said it was "make your mind up time" for lawmakers.

May said: "The Attorney General is independent". They are not happy and they have been deeply concerned with what's been going on in the negotiations.

"The prime minister has run down the clock and the clock has been run out on her", said Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. That shows how serious it is Linda and he's due to speak in a few hours, but don't expect a ringing endorsement.

The last time Mrs. Several companies with bases of operation in Britain have indicated for months they could relocate if a deal fails.

Does Theresa May have the votes in the House of Commons?

May, who said that she "profoundly rejects" the decision taken by the house, added that Tory MPs will be given a free vote on the no-deal motion on Wednesday. So that could have a massive impact on the economy. Does it want to hold a second referendum?

LINDA MOTTRAM: It's just an extraordinary story Steve. It is what we do with the second chance that counts. Steve Cannane, former ABC correspondent in Europe.

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