LONDON (Reuters) – Three lawmakers loyal to Prime Minister Theresa May have proposed new Brexit safeguards to give parliament more say on the contentious issue of Northern Ireland in a bid to help her win a crucial vote to approve the government’s exit deal.
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May tours the Royal Welsh Winter Fair at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, Wales, Britain November 27, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden/File Photo
May is battling to get her Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union through parliament in a vote on Tuesday that will define Britain’s departure from the bloc and her future as a leader. Current forecasts suggest she will lose the vote.
The main vote is on a motion stating that lawmakers in the 650-seat House of Commons approve the Brexit deal. But lawmakers can also try to change the wording of the motion through a parliamentary device known as an amendment.
The latest amendment addresses the backstop, an element of the divorce deal that has angered lawmakers in May’s party and her allies in Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party. It is intended to ensure there is no return to a hard border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.
Critics say however