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UK lawmakers back May's bid to rework Brexit deal

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Published on January 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:53s

UK lawmakers back May's bid to rework Brexit deal

British lawmakers have instructed Prime Minister Theresa May to demand that Brussels replace the Irish border arrangement known as the "backstop," in a last-ditch attempt to renegotiate an exit treaty - that the European Union insists it will not change.

Lauren Anthony reports.

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UK lawmakers back May's bid to rework Brexit deal

UK lawmakers gave Theresa May exactly what she asked for late Tuesday (January 29), To help break the deadlock over Brexit.

Parliament backed an amendment that sends a clear message to Brussels - namely, lawmakers would support a European Union withdrawal deal if the current plan to avoid a hard border in Ireland is replaced.

SOUNDBITE (English) UK PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY, SAYING: "It's now clear there is a route that can secure a substantial and sustainable majority in this house for leaving the EU with a deal.

We will now take this mandate forward and seek to obtain legally binding changes to the withdrawl agreement." May's original divorce deal was soundly rejected by an overwhelming majority of lawmakers on January 15.

But on Tuesday (January 29) lawmakers backed senior Conservative Graham Brady by 317 to 301 votes for the disputed backstop to be removed and replaced with "alternative arrangements." May could now return to the EU looking for a compromise that could allow her to get parliamentary approval back home.

There's just two months until Britain leaves the EU on March 29, and Brussels has repeatedly said it doesn't want to reopen the treaty signed off by the other 27 EU leaders.

It insists there must be a "backstop", or some sort of Ireland guarantee.

Significantly, this time round opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn DID accept May's offer to talk about the deal, and we also got confirmation of one other thing Tuesday night… A majority of lawmakers voted against leaving the EU with no deal whatsoever - but that vote is non-binding - Theresa May could still choose to ignore it.

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