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Theresa May wins Brexit assurances from EU on eve of crucial vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May clinched legally binding Brexit assurances with the European Union on Monday (March 11) in a last ditch attempt to win over rebellious British lawmakers who have threatened to vote down her divorce deal again.

STRASBOURG, FRANCE (EBS) – British Prime Minister Theresa May clinched legally binding Brexit assurances with the European Union on Monday (March 11) in a last ditch attempt to win over rebellious British lawmakers who have threatened to vote down her divorce deal again.

Scrambling to plot an orderly path out of the Brexit maze just days before the United Kingdom is due to leave on March 29, May rushed to Strasbourg to agree additional assurances with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Brexiteers in May’s party accuse her of surrendering to the EU and it was not clear if the assurances she agreed would be enough to win over the 116 additional lawmakers she needs turn around the crushing defeat her deal suffered on Jan. 15.

May has secured “legally binding changes” which improve the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington, who May’s de facto deputy, told the British parliament.

The changes address the most contentious part of the divorce deal she agreed in November – the insurance policy aimed at avoiding controls on the sensitive border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.


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  • British MPs
  • Brexit
  • Euroscepticism in the United Kingdom
  • Withdrawal from the European Union
  • Government of the United Kingdom
  • European Union
  • Theresa May
  • Dominic Grieve
  • Brexit negotiations

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