London: British Prime Minister Theresa May refused to admit defeat for her European Union divorce deal on Monday, despite deadlocked talks with the bloc a day before Parliament is scheduled to vote on the plan.
The House of Commons is due to vote on Tuesday on whether to approve a deal that it resoundingly rejected in January. There are few signs of any big shift in opinion, with British lawmakers still divided over whether to leave the EU, and if so on what terms.
The EU, meanwhile, is frustrated at what it sees as the inability of Britain’s government to lay out a clear vision for Brexit – and because it is seeking changes to an agreement that May herself helped negotiate.
British lawmakers’ opposition to the deal centers on concerns over arrangements for the Irish border. May’s government has been seeking changes, but the EU refuses to reopen the 585-page agreement that it spent a year-and-a-half negotiating.