Prime Minister Theresa May is backing a plan to ditch the most contentious part of her Brexit deal as she scrambles for a compromise all sides can support, with time running out before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.
THE Irish Government can not ignore the will of the people and growing support for a united Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Sinn Fein have said.
Some lawmakers want to shift control of the process away from government and give parliament the chance to define Brexit.
MPs put forward a string of amendments to modify the prime minister's Brexit plan after it was voted down by an historic margin on 15 January.
MPs will vote on amendments to her approach selected by the powerful Speaker of the Commons John Bercow; 19 had been submitted by Monday, and he may choose four.
Her aim is to send a message to Brussels that the Irish border backstop must be ditched or radically redrafted, and persuade the European Union to change position so a new deal can pass through Parliament.
The backstop is an insurance policy to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland if such a scenario isn't averted in a future EU-UK trade relationship.
The Democratic Unionist Party, a Northern Irish outfit that props up May's minority government in the Commons, has threatened to block her plan if triggering the backstop meant keeping Northern Ireland in regulatory alignment with Dublin, and thus the European Union, but not the UK.
A television screen displays U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May following the U.K. parliament Brexit deal vote as a trader monitors financial data on computer screens on the trading floor at ETX Capital, a broker of contracts-for-difference, in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.
European Union leaders have ruled out any renegotiation on the Brexit deal, but May urged Parliament to give her a mandate by backing a call for the border measure to be replaced by unspecified "alternative arrangements". But she vowed to go to Brussels and seek "significant and legally binding change" to the backstop.
Ireland's European Affairs Minister, Helen McEntee, said: "There can be no change to the backstop".
"There can be no change to the backstop".
She said it was a challenge to see how a majority for any deal could be built among MPs.
While it will not be MPs' final verdict on the deal, they will vote on the amendments and, if one is passed, it will illustrate what changes to the deal might be enough to get a modified version of the deal through Parliament.
Green Party legislator Caroline Lucas accused Mrs May of chasing, "heated-up fantasies that have already been rejected by the EU".
"The practical consequences of the amendment would not be to rule out no deal but to delay Brexit", the spokesman said, adding that it offered "absolutely no positive suggestions" about how to resolve the impasse in parliament.
As per The Guardian, Cooper's amendment would allow time for a bill, also tabled by Cooper, to be debated.
The passed amendment is considered a defeat for Mrs May and a vote against a no deal Brexit.
May said it was a chance to "tell Brussels that the current nature of the backstop is the key reason Parliament can not support this deal".
"Labour's amendment. starts by calling for sufficient time for Parliament to vote on options that prevent leaving with no deal", he said.
'If the Brady amendment is a government amendment, effectively, that means the Withdrawal Agreement will be re-opened; that's very different from a worthy backbench motion that doesn't do anything.
So does she today recognise that the game is up and her only hope is to enter cross-party talks on a soft Brexit deal that could get through the Commons but would destroy her party?
Simon Bulmer, professor of European Politics at the University of Sheffield, says above all Brussels is seeking clarity from what it sees as disarray on the British side.