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Britain's leaders have an eye on rebel as EU support for Brexit push

By Jill Lawless and Raf Casert | AP 19 November at 19:10 LONDON – The United Kingdom and the European…

LONDON – The United Kingdom and the European Union plowed themselves forward Monday with plans to have their divorce agreement signed, sealed and delivered within a few days as Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May was waiting to see about rebel Legislators who opposed the agreement had the numbers to challenge their leadership.

The draft agreement reached last week triggered a avalanche of criticism in Britain and left May to fight to retain its job even as British and EU negotiators raced to final agreement before a summit where EU leaders hope to rubberize it.

The 585-sided legal binding recall is as good as complete, but Britain and the EU still need to put out a much less detailed seven-page declaration on their future relationships.

May say that “an intensive negotiation week” lies ahead to complete the framework.

The shop has infuriated pro-Brexit legislators in the corn conservative party. The Brexites want a clean break with the block and argue that the close relations required by the agreement with the government of Mays agreed to leave the United Kingdom a vaulted state bound by EU rules that it has nothing to say to do.

Two state councils, including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, resigned in protest, and rebels are trying to collect the signatures of 48 legislators needed to trigger a misunderstanding.

A conservative conservative legislator, Simon Clarke, urged colleagues to join in rebellion on Monday, saying “It is clear to me that the captain drives the ship on the rocks.”

Although May looks like such a challenge, she still needs to get the agreement approved by Parliament. Her conservatives do not have a parliamentary majority, and it is not clear if she can convince enough legislators to restore the agreement.

May claim to abandon the plan, with Britain’s withdrawal just over four months away March 29 may lead to Brexit being delayed or abandoned, or to a disorderly and economically harmful “no deal” Brexit.

But Jeremy Corbyn, the chief executive, said his legislators would vote against the maize agreement and also try to block a no-deal exit. 19659014] He said that “the work will not mean a lack of breakdown” that can cause upheaval for businesses and people. But it is unclear what would happen if Parliament rejected the agreement when it came to the vote, probably next month.

Some conservative “Brexiteers” say that the prime minister should try to renegotiate the Brexit agreement – something May and other EU leaders insist is impossible.

The agreement must also be approved by the European Parliament. Manfred Weber, who heads the EU legislature’s largest group, the Central Right European People’s Party, said that the first assessment of the agreement is “very encouraging, very positive.”

“It must be clear to our British partners that there is no renegotiation of this text currently on the table,” Weber said in Berlin.

Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said the deal was “the best possible.”

] “There is nothing better for this crazy Brexit,” said Asselborn, who the EU Foreign Ministers met in Brussels before a summit on Sunday leaders where the Blood intends to sign.

While most of the controversial issues discussed have been resolved , Spain insisted that more Gibraltar, British territory at the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula, was needed.

EU negotiator Michel Barnier said that EU ministers “agreed on the principle” of a single extension of St-Brexit’s transition period if the two sides need more time to complete a trade agreement. Under the divorce agreement, Britain accepts that they are bound a of EU rules during the transition. It will end in December 2020 but may be renewed by mutual agreement if the two sides need more time.

Barnier would not give a specific end date for the extension. It’s a fragile issue for May, for some in her party worries the extension can be used to capture Britain in the EU’s indefinite period.

May says that any extensions must be completed before the next British elections, scheduled in the first half of 2022.

May try to build public and business support for the deal on Monday and tell the corporate lobby that the British industry association “meets Britain’s wishes” to leave the EU by taking control of the United Kingdom’s laws, money and borders

May confirmed the government’s plan to end the automatic right of EU citizens to live and work in the United Kingdom, saying that Britain’s future immigration policy will be based on skills rather than nationality.

She said that EU citizens could no longer “jump in gender before engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi” – a phrase that risked further disturbing EU citizens in Britain who have met more than two years of uncertainty about their future status.

British companies, who are looking for an end of uncertainty about what rules they will meet after Brexit, have broadly welcomed the agreement. However, some are dissatisfied with immigration plans, which have not yet been disclosed in detail.

British industry Carolyn Fairbairn said that “a new immigration system constitutes a seismic shift” and urged the government not to “make a fake choice between highly qualified and low skilled workers” which would result in many sectors having short staffing.

May said she was convinced that the deal would “work for Britain”

“And let no one be in doubt – I’m determined to deliver it,” she said.

In Brussels, the Austrian Minister for Europe, Gernot Bluemel, beat a more melancholy tone.

“A painful week in European politics begins,” he said. “We have divorce papers on the table; 45 years of hard marriage come to an end.”

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Raf Casert reported from Brussels.

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