Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Brexit debate needs a change of tone, Anglican bishops say

Brexit debate needs a change of tone, Anglican bishops say

Arriving at a meeting of European leaders in Brussels this morning, May was filmed approaching Juncker and having what looked like a frosty exchange with the EU chief, in which she appeared to say: "You called me nebulous".

He described the talks as "a welcome first step that was the removal of uncertainty" over the EU's intentions, because it has shown it wants a "speedy United Kingdom trade deal" that would remove the need for the backstop in the first place.

The prime minister, who on Wednesday survived a bruising vote of no confidence by Tory MPs, said a package of assurances around the backstop could "change the dynamic" at Westminster.

Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reports from Brussels. But, speaking at a defiant press conference, she insisted she could get the refinements needed in time for a vote on her deal, which she has promised by January 21.

Ms Rudd, who recently returned to the Cabinet as Work and Pensions Secretary, said it is possible Mrs May will ultimately be unable to persuade enough of her own MPs to back the Government's deal.

But stubborn leaders were un-willing to give an inch to Mrs May and accused the United Kingdom of not knowing what they wanted from Brussels.

"I think it is possible to get this deal through with those guarantees that we need on the backstop".

He added: 'We don't want the United Kingdom to think there can be any form of renegotiation, that is crystal clear.

Justin said that at the time, he thought the better option was to leave but now he wished he'd made a different decision.

Theresa May went to Brussels seeking a way to get the Withdrawal Agreement through a heavily divided Commons, insisting she could do it but had to be able to convince MPs the United Kingdom would not find itself tied to the European Union indefinitely through the Northern Ireland "backstop".

European Union leaders showed some sympathy but little desire to resolve May's Brexit impasse - saying it is up to the U.K. Parliament to decide.

"The EU is clear - as I am - that if we are going to leave with a deal, this is it", she said.

Pointing to EU Council president Donald Tusk, a former Polish PM, the long-serving ex-premier of Luxembourg said: "The two of us were prime minister and we sometimes had to face motions asking for our resignation".

After Mrs May addressed EU leaders at the summit on Thursday evening, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urged further clarity from the UK. They held out little hope of offering any legal assurances that would help her sell a contentious withdrawal agreement to an unenthusiastic House of Commons.

Meanwhile, Nigel Farage said he believes the United Kingdom may face a second referendum in the coming months and urged Brexit campaigners to "get ready for every situation".

"I think that's the sort of discussion you're able to have when you've developed a working relationship and you work well together", Mrs May said in a press conference on Friday afternoon.

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