Talks Deadlocked; Labour Eyes No-Confidence Vote: Brexit Update

A demonstrator reacts to the result of voting on the first amendment of the Brexit Deal in London. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Brexit talks in Brussels are deadlocked with just a day to go until Theresa May puts her deal back to Parliament. It’s expected to be rejected, putting the prime minister’s survival in doubt, but also opening up the prospect of Brexit being delayed, diluted or even abandoned.

A Deal, Soft Brexit or Reversal: Theresa May’s Muddled Endgame

Key Developments:

Labour’s economy spokesman John McDonnell says Labour could propose no-confidence vote if government fails to get deal through Parliament Talks are deadlocked, says U.K. Cabinet minister Leadsom says Parliament could get more chances to vote on deal if EU comes up with new concessions after Tuesday

Gove: ‘We Didn’t Vote to Leave Without a Deal’ (11 a.m.)

Writing in the Daily Mail, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said May’s Brexit deal delivers on the two “most resonant demands” from voters to take back control of U.K. borders and money. The 2016 referendum, he said, didn’t deliver a mandate for a no-deal Brexit.

“We didn’t vote to leave without a deal. That wasn’t the message of the campaign I helped lead,” Gove said. “During that campaign, we said we should do a deal with the EU and be part of the network of free-trade deals that covers all Europe, from Iceland to Turkey. Leaving without a deal on March 29 would not honor that commitment. It would undoubtedly cause economic turbulence. Almost everyone in this debate accepts that.”

‘Too Late’ for U.K. to Tell EU What It Wants (10:35 a.m.)

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar struck a hardline tone in his comments to reporters in Dublin on Monday. Varadkar, who met with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier over the weekend, said he’s heard the suggestion May might cancel this week’s vote on her Brexit deal, and instead hold a new vote to show the EU what Parliament will back.

“It’s far too late for U.K. to tell the EU what they want,” he said.

On the idea of delaying Brexit, the Irish leader seemed to hint he favored a longer extension to Article 50. “Nobody across the EU wants a ‘rolling cliff edge,”’ he said.

Labour Could Call No-Confidence Vote in Govt (10:20 a.m.)

Speaking on Bloomberg TV, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said his party could call a vote of no-confidence vote in the government if Theresa May’s Brexit deal is voted down on Tuesday.

“We’ll keep that on the table. We may do,” McDonnell said when asked about a confidence vote. “It’s chaos in government.” DM


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