BREXIT LIVE: Theresa May declares 'Brexit may NOT HAPPEN' – EU summons ALL 27 ambassadors

Posted on Mar 8 2019 - 10:58pm by admin

This comes as Jacob Rees-Mogg said Tory MPs should not cave into any deal brought forward by Theresa May but they should hold out for a better Brexit deal next week. The chairman of the European Research Group urged MPs to stand firm and not be pushed into voting for a softer Brexit deal at a time when the Prime Minister has failed to win concessions from Brussels on the Irish backstop. He said “steady, boys, steady”, telling the Telegraph’s Chopper’s Brexit Podcast: “People must hold their nerve. It is a very important period. We will in three weeks from the date of broadcast be leaving the European Union, which will be a great relief and joy and benefit to the nation. Between now and then the Remainers will do everything they can to try and frustrate it. We must remain steady. Steady, boys, steady.”

Negotiations have been very badly handled from day one

Jacob Rees-Mogg

The MP said there should not be a “purge” against the Tory MPs who want to keep the UK close to the EU after Brexit.

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This comes as Theresa May is being warned by Remainers she must hold votes on alternatives to her deal if it is defeated a second time.

Remained MPs, including Amber Rudd, Philip Hammond and David Gauke are among those urging Mrs May to committing herself to “indicative vote” to see if there is a parliamentary majority for any other Brexit outcome.

Mrs May is concerned that these votes could lead to a soft Brexit that does not honour the result of the referendum.

EU FIGHTBACK: Brussels savages May for ‘scapegoating’ as she prepares for EU attack speech

Jacob Rees-Mogg

EU ambassadors will be meeting in Brussels for desperate talks (Image: GETTY )

Mrs May will today appeal to the EU to bend after UK negotiators hit a brick wall as they tried to secure concessions on the Irish backstop.

In a speech today in Grimsby, Mrs May will say: “We are both participants in this process.

“The decisions that the EU makes over the next few days will have a big impact on the outcome of the vote.”

Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer has said it was now “clear” that Mrs May “will not be able to deliver the changes she promised to her failed Brexit deal”.

Follow the Express.co.uk’s live blog for updates today:

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Theresa May travelled to Grimsby for the speech where the majority of people voted to leave the EU (Image: GETTY )

3.25pm update: Foster urges EU27 to be ‘reasonable and pragmatic’

DUP leader Arlene Foster has warned Theresa May must deliver on her commitment to secure changes to the Irish backstop. 

She said: “A sensible deal requires the EU27 to be reasonable and pragmatic. The European Union must be in deal-making mode.”

Ms Foster added there must be a “fresh approach by Dublin and Brussels”.

3:15pm update: Government divisions have ‘HAMSTRUNG’ the UK’s negotiations with the EU – report 

The Government’s huge internal divisions over the handling of Brexit negotiations have undermined its own position in talks with the EU, a parliamentary committee has found.

In a report released ahead of the second crunch meaningful vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday, the committee said: “One of the most striking themes to have emerged from our evidence so far concerns the way in which the UK Government itself has handled the process of negotiation internally.

“This seems to us to have left the Government vulnerable to internal division and therefore capable of undermining its own negotiating position with the EU and potentially compromising the British position under draft Withdrawal Agreement itself.

“These conclusions are only provisional as our inquiry is ongoing, but we are concerned by what the evidence is showing us so far.”

The committee said internal divisions between Government departments had limited the UK’s ability to secure fundamental negotiations objectives.

The group has also urged the Government to publish the outcome of the final round of talks currently taking place in Brussels by Sunday evening at the latest.

Committee chairman Sir William Cash said: “Our unanimously-agreed interim report is intended to inform members across the House, as well as those following events throughout the country, ahead of the second ‘meaningful vote’ promised by the Prime Minister.

“It shines a light not just on the draft Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration that we will be voting on next week, but how internal Government divisions have hamstrung its ability to negotiate effectively with the European Union – a key theme of evidence gathered in our inquiry to date.

“We also highlight how Parliament’s future legislative freedom will be constrained.”

Paul Withers taking over live reporting from Laura Mowat.

2:37pm update: Grimsby MP said Theresa May must move closer to the Opposition’ s position

Labour MP Melanie Onn said to the BBC: “She must be aware that if she needs to get the deal through and the backstop arrangements are insufficient to secure the support from her back benches, there will need to be movement towards securing more support from Labour members.”

2:02pm update: SNP tells May to take “personal responsibility for Brexit”

The SNP leader Ian Blackford said: “The Tory leader’s damaging Brexit deal is fundamentally flawed and would be devastating for Scotland – inflicting lasting harm on jobs, living standards, our public services and the economy.

“With three weeks to go until the UK is due to crash out of the EU, it is vital that MPs reject May’s bad deal, extend Article 50, and hold a second referendum on EU membership.”

12:59pm update: Theresa May tells EU leaders ‘now is the moment for us to act’

She said: “It needs just one more push, let’s do what is necessary for MPs to back the deal.”

She finished her speech in the northern town by saying: “Let’s get it done.”

Timeline of Brexit vote

A timeline of what could happen after the Brexit vote (Image: EXPRESS)

12:49pm update: Theresa May sets out why she thinks her Brexit deal is a good one

Speaking in Grimsby, she said the control of borders, farming, fishing among others are “the changes people voted for and they are what the deal delivers.”

Mrs May also said the UK will continue to be dominant on the world stage.

She said: “The UK has led the way in the EU and we will lead the way outside it.”

12:43pm update: Theresa May makes it clear to Brexiteers that Brexit is at risk as she speaks in Grimsby

Mrs May said: “We may not leave the EU for many months, we may never leave at all” in a veiled threat to Brexiteers to vote for her deal.

The Prime Minister said: “Next week MPs face a crucial choice, whether to back or reject the deal.

“If MPs do not back the deal, the only certainty would be uncertainty, months more spent arguing on Brexit. It will be for the MPs to take this decision. Parliament gave the decision to leave or remain in the EU to you.

“The result was close but clear. The decision was to leave and that is what we must do.

“Discussions have been difficult and robust. Brexit does not belong to MPs in parliament, it belongs to the whole country.

“Everyone now wants to get it done, ready to make a success of the future.

Mrs May said more money would be spent on NHS after Brexit.

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Theresa May speaking in Grimsby today (Image: Skynews )

12:05pm update: Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Brexit was a problem of UK’s creation

He said: “I think we have made a lot of compromises already and what is not evident is what the UK government is offering to the European Union and Ireland should they wish us to make any further compromises.

“I think it requires a change of approach by the UK government to understand that Brexit is a problem of their own creation. What was agreed was already a compromise. They have failed to secure ratification of this so it should be a question of what they are now willing to offer us.”

11:55am update: Theresa May will speak to EU leaders by telephone but will not travel to Brussels

Mrs May’s official spokeswoman said: “She will continue with EU engagement this evening and over the weekend.

“She is pointing out that it is in both sides’ interest to get a deal.”

The Prime Minister wants to get reassurances from the EU over arrangements for Northern Ireland.

11:31am update: Theresa May cancels trip to Brussels scheduled for this weekend

Theresa May’s trip to Brussels has been cancelled at the same time as the EU has called all 27 EU ambassadors to Brussels for further Brexit talks. 

The Prime Minister must have a new deal by Monday morning if MPs are able to vote on it on Tuesday. 

10:41am update: Prime Minister tells Grimsby ahead of speech – ‘I know you’re fed up with Brexit’

Mrs May said to the Brexit voters in Grimsby: “In the Summer of 2016, people in Grimsby voted for change.

“You voted to leave the European Union and take back control of our borders, laws, money and trade.

“You voted to leave the Common Fisheries Policy which has failed this famous fishing town, like so many of Britain’s coastal communities. And you voted for real improvements in your local area, as part of a country that truly works for everyone.

“Almost three years on, I know many of you are fed up that instead of delivering this mandate for change, Parliament remains deadlocked debating it. I share that frustration.”

Daily Telegraph’s political correspondant Jack Maidment tweeted: “On my way to Grimsby for Theresa May’s big Brexit speech.

“Based on what she is expected to say, it’ll be a stark warning to the EU that she is ready to start the blame game if they don’t cave on the backstop.”

10:28am update: Businesses slow down on recruitment as businesses curb hiring permanent staff due to Brexit

A survey or recruiters has revealed employers have held off from hiring permanent staff in February showing nerves in the labour market.

Several business leaders have voiced alarm at the prospect of leaving the bloc’s single market.

9:40am update: Poll revealed Northern Ireland voters want softest possible Brexit

A poll for the Irish Times has claimed that voters in Northern Ireland want the softest Brexit possible and would prefer checks on goods travelling between Great Britain and Northern Ireland rather than any Irish border checks.

According to the poll, 67 percent of people support a Brexit were the UK remains in the EU’s single market and customs union and avoids the need for checks anywhere.

The poll also revealed that Northern Irish voters are unhappy with how the UK government has managed Brexit.

The poll was conducted in Northern Ireland through face-face interviews among a quota of 536 people between March 4,5 and 6.

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Rees-Mogg has urged the nation to remain ‘steady’ and not panic about a Brexit deal (Image: GETTY )

9:08am update: Jeremy Hunt has said future generations will BLAME EU if there fails to be a Brexit agreement

Speaking on the Radio 4 Today programme, Mr Hunt said if the negotiations “ends in acrimony”, future generations will say the EU got this moment wrong and “I really hope they don’t”.

The Foreign Secretary said: “This is a moment of change in our relationship between the UK and the EU and history will judge both sides very badly if we get this wrong.

“We want to remain the best of friends with the EU. That means getting this agreement through in a way that doesn’t inject poison into our relations for many years to come. That’s what the UK has said we want to do, it’s what most people in the UK want and feel very strongly about.

“But it does need the EU also to be flexible in these negotiations and understand that we now have a very, very clear ask. We know what it would take to get a deal through the House of Commons, and that is for a significant change to allow the Attorney General to change his advice to the Government and say we couldn’t be trapped in a customs union forever.”

8:56am update: Tory party chairman says ‘we can still make significant changes’ to EU deal

Conservative Party deputy chairman James Cleverly told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “This is how negotiations work. The whole point is there is give and take on both sides and as you come to the final point of a negotiation of this magnitude it gets most intense, it gets most difficult, it gets most challenging.

“This is where we are. This is where we were always going to end up.

“I think we are getting close to the point where modest but significant changes can unlock this.”

Mr Cleverly urged Tory MPs to focus on achieving the control over money, borders and laws that Brexiteers campaigned for in 2016, saying: “These are serious times and I think people have to focus on what they really value. These things are deliverable and they are deliverable quickly if we focus.”

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