PM May to Make Statement to Parliament on Tuesday: Brexit Update


(Bloomberg) -- Theresa May is seeking to buy time to renegotiate her Brexit agreement with the European Union, as her opponents in Parliament plot to take control to stop the U.K. plunging out of the bloc with no deal. She'll make a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Key Developments:

Government says it's "not considering" a customs union with EU, a key demand of opposition leader Jeremy CorbynMay brings forward Brexit statement to Parliament to Tuesday from WednesdayBrexit Secretary Steve Barclay meets EU's chief negotiator Michel BarnierBarnier says EU determined to have orderly Brexit

Dromey Still Deciding on No-Deal Amendment (5:10 p.m.)

Jack Dromey, the Labour politician whose cross-party amendment with Conservative Caroline Spelman to block a no-deal Brexit was passed by the House of Commons last month, said he is waiting until after Theresa May speaks on Tuesday before deciding whether to propose a repeat.

"Has she got the message?" Dromey said in an interview. "We can't go down the path of no-deal, we can't allow the continuing drift towards the cliff because if the country falls into the abyss the consequences will be catastrophic."

Other potential amendments are also on hold until after May's statement. The prime minister, who held meetings with members of Parliament on Monday, will update the House of Commons on Brexit talks and outline what will be in the government's motion scheduled to be debated by lawmakers on Thursday.

Barnier: EU Determined to Have Orderly Brexit (1:45 p.m.)

"We are determined to organize via this accord an orderly exit" of the U.K. from the European Union, Michel Barnier, the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator, told reporters in Luxembourg.

Barnier warned that time is running short for negotiations, and reiterated the EU's position that the so-called Irish backstop must remain in the divorce deal as an insurance policy to prevent a hard border after Brexit.

U.K. Sued Over Deal With Ferry Company (1:40 p.m.)

The companies that run the Channel tunnel are suing the British government over its award of ferry contracts to handle freight shipments in a no-deal Brexit, just days after the 13.8 million-pound ($17.8 million) contract with Seaborne was scrapped when it became clear the company -- which doesn't own any ships -- wouldn't meet its requirements.

Channel Tunnel Group Ltd. and France-Manche SA accuse the government of a "secretive and flawed procurement exercise" for the backup ferry service in the event of a no-deal Brexit, their lawyer Daniel Beard said in court Monday. The companies together form Eurotunnel, which operates the link between the U.K. and mainland Europe.

Williamson's Post-Brexit Defense Vision Attacked (12:30 p.m.)

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson's speech earlier laying out his global Britain vision -- in particular his argument that Brexit could "enhance the U.K.'s lethality'' by boosting the U.K.'s global standing against threats from Russia and China -- has drawn a swift response from opposition lawmakers.

"The idea that our membership of the European Union restricts us is the purest nonsense," Labour lawmaker Chris Leslie said. "You don't have to know much history to know why Europe is and will remain central to our military posture, or that co-operation and peace in Europe is what allows us to invest in global strength."

May 'Not Considering' Corbyn Customs Demand (12 p.m.)

In her letter to Jeremy Corbyn over the weekend, Theresa May stopped short of fully rejecting the Labour leader's demand for the U.K. to stay in a post-Brexit customs union with the EU. But her spokesman, James Slack, moved quickly on Monday to dispel talk there may be some wiggle room on the issue.

"We're not considering Jeremy Corbyn's customs proposals, we're not considering any proposals to remain in a customs union," Slack told reporters in London. "We must have our own independent trade policy."

It's another indication that while May's letter avoided the usual combative tone she takes typically takes with Corbyn, it's likely to be more of a delaying tactic than any real sense she's considering a compromise with him.

Slack also told reporters May's statement to Parliament on Brexit has been brought forward to Tuesday from Wednesday.

One effect of that will be lawmakers on both sides of the House having more time between hearing May and deciding what amendments to propose on the government's Brexit new motion -- which is has not been published -- ahead of the votes on Thursday.


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