Brexit latest: Theresa May dealt blow by Attorney General

About time Theresa May laughs as she finally secures a victory

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which props up Theresa May's minority government in parliament also said no to May's deal, said a DUP source Tuesday, adding that "they cannot see how it can back the prime minister's Brexit deal in a vote the PM's deal in the Commons tonight after reading Attorney General Geoffrey Cox's legal advice". May's fellow Conservative Members of Parliament is a blow to the Prime Minister and it means that her Brexit deal is likely to be defeated by MPs in a vote scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

While a few parliamentarians have intimated they will change their minds, it will probably not be enough for the government deal to pass.

If they vote against that - and MPs are nearly certain to do so - they will vote again on Thursday on whether to ask the European Union to extend Article 50 for a short period. Now that he has made it clear that the recent deal has no weight, the door is wide open for the sterling to move lower against the dollar.

The currency swung about in an nearly 100-pip range soon after the House of Commons handed May her second defeat in two months on the U.K.'s divorce from the European Union. They wanted a time limit put on the backstop or an amendment that would allow the U.K.to unilaterally revoke it. May rushed back to London early Tuesday morning and implored MPs to back the new agreement. But by noon, the DUP and the rebel Tory MPs indicated the changes Ms. She offered the House of Commons a chance to try to stop the countdown to a March 29 departure. "However in our view sufficient progress has not been achieved at this time".

The statement says that under the dispute settlement system - set out in the original main deal - the independent arbitration panel (comprising senior judges) could rule that the European Union is acting in such a way as to make the backstop last indefinitely.

Brexit paused MPs read out the result after Mrs May’s motion passed
Brexit paused MPs read out the result after Mrs May’s motion passed

"The further agreement yesterday provided additional clarity, reassurance and guarantees sought by some to eliminate doubt or fears, however unreal, that the goal was to trap the United Kingdom indefinitely in the backstop", Varadkar said.

All eyes turned Tuesday to UK Attorney General Geoffrey Cox - a respected lawyer from Mrs May's Conservative party tasked with providing the government with independent legal advice. Short of that, there was no way out.

Labour's Brexit spokesperson Keir Starmer said Mr Cox confirmed that no "significant changes" had been secured and the government's strategy was "in tatters".

If, however, the deal fails to pass through yet again, Theresa May's previously set timetable is set to kick in - with MPs given a vote by Wednesday on leaving the European Union without any agreement in place, which is expected to be defeated because there is very little support for such a no-deal Brexit option.

"The further texts agreed yesterday provide additional clarity, reassurance and guarantees sought by some to eliminate doubt or fears, however unreal, that the goal of some was to trap the United Kingdom indefinitely in the backstop", said Varadkar. However, EU officials have said that while they might consider a delay, they won't make any further concessions to the agreement.

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