May threatened with 'historical constitutional row' over Brexit deal

Rosalie Gross
December 4, 2018

Universities and science minister Sam Gyimah, seen as a party loyalist, quit the government on Friday night over May's handling of Brexit and suggested a second referendum may be needed.

May faces an uphill struggle to secure parliament's approval in a vote on December 11, when many Brexit supporters and opponents alike say they will reject her vision for leaving the EU, Britain's biggest shift in foreign policy in over 40 years.

But many British lawmakers on both sides of the Brexit debate oppose the deal - Brexiteers because it keeps Britain bound closely to the European Union, and pro-EU politicians because it erects barriers between the United Kingdom and its biggest trading partner.

"We would have lost our veto, our voice, and our vote".

May herself has stuck rigidly to the line that she can win the parliamentary vote, and refused to tell reporters traveling with her to Buenos Aires whether she had a plan B. She's counting on the support of foreign leaders to buttress her case, with a message that rejection of the deal would put voters' jobs at risk.

"It wasn't for a deal remember it was in or out".

Britain has been a major player in developing the system, but the European Union says only member states can work on developing the high-security encrypted parts of Galileo for use by the military and critical infrastructure sectors.

But the legal advice says the so-called "backstop", or guarantee of no hard border between European Union member Ireland and UK-governed Northern Ireland, "will continue to apply unless and until it is superseded" by new trading arrangements with the EU.

He said: "I will sit there through most of it and I am hoping to speak on Thursday".

North Korean soldier defects to South
The first will go through central North Korea and along the northwestern coast to the city of Sinuiju near the Chinese border. The South Korean military spotted the suspected defector crossing the military demarcation line that separates the border .

Gyimah said "what has happened with Galileo is a foretaste of the brutal negotiations we will go through that will weaken our national interest, make us poorer, less secure". Opposition parties have all said they will not be supporting the Brexit deal, with several pro-Brexit members of the Conservative Party insisting they will too not back the agreement.

Theresa May will be exposed as a "liar" if the government releases its full legal advice on the Brexit withdrawal deal, DUP MP Sammy Wilson has declared.

At a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina, Abe praised May for reaching a deal with the EU.

Japanese automakers Honda and Nissan have warned that new tariffs or other trade barriers with the European Union would damage their competitiveness of their British factories, which employ thousands of people.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove arrives at his office in Westminster.

While Labour has previously committed to following through on Brexit, support for a second referendum has been growing inside the party, and last month shadow chancellor John McDonnell said it was "inevitable" that if a general election was not possible "then the other option which we've kept on the table is a people's vote".

"He said he wanted to be on ITV so he could watch the final of I'm a Celebrity..."

"One of the things that I hope people will have the chance to do over the next nine days is to recognize that we should not make the ideal the enemy of the good", Gove said.

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