LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May told lawmakers on Tuesday that she should take the trouble over Brexit and give her more time to negotiate an agreement that is acceptable to both the European Union and the British parliament is.
The UK is on its way to leave the European Union on 29 March without an agreement, unless May can persuade the bloc to change the divorce agreement it had agreed last year and of the British legislators are approved.
"The talks are at a crucial stage," May told parliament. "We need to keep our nerves all right now to make the changes this house requires, and to deliver Brexit on time."
Labor Party opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn accused her of shutting down the clock to pressure parliament on her deal
British lawmakers rejected May's withdrawal last month, with the Irish " Backstop "- an insurance policy that prevents the return of a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the EU member Ireland.
Critics say that politics can subject Britain to EU regulations for years or even indefinitely after leaving the bloc.
The EU says the restraint is crucial to avoiding the return of border controls in Ireland and has refused to resume the Brexit divorce agreement, although May insists that it can receive legally binding changes to the most contentious parts of the country Restraint system to replace.
"If we get the changes to the backstop, by protecting and improving workers' rights and protecting the environment; By strengthening Parliament's role in the next phase of the negotiations, I believe we can reach an agreement that can support this Parliament, "said May.
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Monday the bloc Will agree to adapt the Political Declaration on EU-UK relations after Brexit, which is part of the package, to reflect a plan for a closer future relationship that could eliminate the need for the backstop
" It is clear from our side that we will not reopen the withdrawal agreement, but we will continue our discussion in the next few days, "Barnier said.
May pursues three options in talks with Brussels: negotiating a way to let the UK go behind the scenes. You need an EU agreement, agree on a deadline for the backstop, or look for an alternative arrangement completely replaced.
RUNNING THE CLOCK?
Parliament will hold a debate on Brexit on 14 February, but with only 45 days left until Britain leaves the bloc, it is not expected to change the outcome of the exit process, and there is no deadline for approval or a further vote has been taken to reject May's deal
May said that if she had not yet reached an agreement in Brussels, she would submit another progress report on 26 February and give Parliament another opportunity to express her opinion on her approach the next day to express.
She said she was ready to accelerate other parts of the Brexit deal ratification process if the time before the exit day was too short to pass laws – a move that was interpreted as a sign that she was wanted to continue negotiating until the last moment.
Opponents of Brexit argue that May will deliberately delay, so that legislators will be able to support their agreement or go without an agreement, a disorderly exit that companies fear will push the economy and jobs far Will do harm.
"It seems the Prime Minister has only one real tactic: to lower the clock to extort the members of this House to support a deeply flawed deal," Corbyn told parliament.
"This is an irresponsible act. It plays with time and plays with the jobs of people, our economic security and the future of our industry. May
May, who in December, when it was obvious that Parliament rejected this, delayed the vote on the deal, Corbyn responded with a sentence that she was not responsible for the delay, instead blaming Parliament's omission do.
"I wanted this to be sorted before Christmas. I brought a deal. I'm not the one trying to run down the clock, "May said, scolding and slapping the legislators' opponents.
Additional coverage by Guy Faulconbridge and Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Janet Lawrence