May secures legally binding changes for Brexit agreement: Minister

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 12, 2019 14:04 hrs
Theresa May (AP photo)

London: With a little over two weeks to go for Brexit, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has managed to secure "legally binding changes" to "strengthen and improve" Britain's Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union, according to Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington.

"Our agreement provides meaningful clarifications and legal guarantees to the Withdrawal Agreement and backstop. The choice is clear: it is this deal, or Brexit may not happen at all. Let’s bring the UK’s withdrawal to an orderly end. We owe it to history," Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission tweeted on Monday (local time).

The United Kingdom is slated to leave the European Union on March 29, with the British Parliament being set for a "meaningful vote" on the Withdrawal Agreement on Tuesday.

If the newly negotiated deal is rejected again by the British Parliament, a vote will take place on March 13 to gauge if the Parliament wants to leave the EU without a deal on March 29.

Then, if the Parliament rejects leaving the EU without a deal, another vote will take place on March 14 on the extension of the Brexit deadline. This scenario is gaining traction across political lines in the UK as Brexit inches near with fears regarding the Withdrawal Agreement not meeting the expectations of the British Parliament mounting.

The British Prime Minister's previously clinched deal with the EU has been rejected once by the Parliament already. Scores of MPs voiced their discontent, outlining the Irish backstop as a major roadblock to the parliamentary acceptance of the deal.

The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has time and again labelled it as a "botched deal", having previously announced of his Labour Party's intent of holding a public vote to avoid a "damaging Tory Brexit."