May’s Last-Minute Changes Enough To Pass Tonight’s Parliament Vote?

The battered vehicle that is Theresa May’s Brexit campaign trundles on. And today, it’s receiving a new lease of life from news overnight that the PM has secured the legal binding changes many MPs were calling for.

In a vote to be held in UK parliament later today, MPs will be asked to vote on five documents. The first two are the withdrawal agreement and political declaration penned last year.

The other three to be voted on are pursuant to the changes agreed upon between May and EU leaders over the last couple of days.

What Are The New Changes

The first new document addresses the issue of the longevity of the Irish backstop:

(3) the legally binding joint instrument titled ‘Instrument relating to the agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community’, which reduces the risk the UK could be deliberately held in the Northern Ireland backstop indefinitely and commits the UK and the EU to work to replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by December 2020;

The second document addresses the actions the UK government can take to ensure the backstop is only temporary:

(4) the unilateral declaration by the UK titled ‘Declaration by Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning the Northern Ireland Protocol’, setting out the sovereign action the UK would take to provide assurance that the backstop would only be applied temporarily;

And the third new document addresses the future of the relationship between the EU and the UK and Northern Ireland:

(5) the supplement to the framework for the future relationship titled ‘Joint Statement supplementing the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’, setting out commitments by the UK and the EU to expedite the negotiation and bringing into force of their future relationship.

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