May Outlines New Brexit Plan, Offers Vote On 2nd Referendum

Focus has once again swung back onto Brexit as UK Prime Minister Theresa May set out her new Brexit deal in parliament yesterday.

The embattled PM, who has been defeated on Brexit three times already, took MPs by surprise. May announced that she will give them the option to vote on whether or not to hold a second referendum to confirm the deal.

Summary of The New Deal

May outlined the ten points of her new Brexit plan. The plan will be put to a parliamentary vote in early June and is outlined as follows:

1 – Government will seek to conclude alternative arrangements to replace the backstop by December 2020, so that it never needs to be used.

2 – A commitment that, should the backstop come into force, the government will ensure that Great Britain will stay aligned with Northern Ireland.

3 – The negotiating objectives and final treaties for our future relationship with the EU will have to be approved by MPs.

4 – A new workers’ rights bill that guarantees workers’ rights will be no less favorable than in the EU.

5 – There will be no change in the level of environmental protection when we leave the EU.

6 – The UK will seek as close to frictionless trade in goods with the EU as possible while outside the single market and ending free movement.

7 – We will keep up to date with EU rules for goods and agri-food products that are relevant to checks at border protecting the thousands of jobs that depend on just-in-time supply chains.

8 – The government will bring forward a customs compromise for MPs to decide on to break the deadlock.

9 – There will be a vote for MPs on whether the deal should be subject to a referendum.

10– There will be a legal duty to secure changes to the political declaration to reflect this new deal.

Summary of Changes From Prior Deal

May clarified that these commitments will be guaranteed in law. This means that they will endure at least for the duration of this parliament.

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