May Rejects a Second Referendum and Hopes to Return to Dialogue with Brussels

British Prime Minister Theresa May has refused on Monday to call a second referendum on Brexit and has said she hopes to re-engage with Brussels the controversial safeguard designed to avoid a border in Northern Ireland.

May has appeared this afternoon in the House of Commons to present his plans for the Brexit, after the deputies rejected last week, by a wide margin of 230 votes, the agreement that has arrived with the European Union (EU).

“In the coming weeks I will continue to speak with my colleagues, including (Northern Ireland) DUP, to consider how we can fulfill our obligations to the people of Northern Ireland and Ireland in a way that we can get the most support possible in Parliament”, said May. “Then I will take the conclusions of that dialogue back to the European Union.”

“A second referendum would set a difficult precedent.”

In explaining the steps he plans to take from now, he has argued against calling for a new plebiscite on leaving the EU, considering that it would damage “social cohesion”.

“I am afraid that a second referendum would set a difficult precedent, which could have significant implications on how we handle plebiscites in this country.”

Said May, who warns that this scenario would also require extending the EU’s exit time beyond the March 29

In this regard, it has advanced that Brussels will not accept a delay if there are no prospects that the British Parliament can approve an agreement.

Corbyn: “Raise your red lines”

The leader of the Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, demanded on his part the British prime minister to lift his red lines of the Brexit to try to reach a position of consensus in the Parliament. Corbyn said in the House of Commons that “it seems” that May “has not heard the scale” of the rejection of his treaty for leaving the EU and said that, “by logic”, that should push it to change approaches to now immovable. Among them, he highlighted removing from the table the possibility of a non-negotiated Brexit, which shares a majority of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The premier replied, insistently, that the only ways to avoid an abrupt departure are to revoke Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, which establishes a period of two years of negotiations on the withdrawal of a member country from the moment of notification until the withdrawal, a possibility that you rejected, or approve an agreement.

The head of government regretted that Corbyn has not met with her these days, as representatives of other opposition forces have. On those meetings, Corbyn said that “everyone” came out with the same answer, that “there is no flexibility” on the part of the Government to change the course of the Brexit. The Labor Party asked the Executive to “stop” the “colossal” loss of money to prepare a possible abrupt withdrawal of the community bloc and to “recognize” that the members of the Westminster Parliament do not want an “exit without agreement”.

On January, 29th, one more test

May’s plans will be put to the test on January 29, when the House of Commons will debate and vote on a motion presented by the Government.

It will be a “neutral” motion, which will limit itself to finding that the deputies have considered the prime minister’s proposals, but it can be amended by the various political forces, which opens the door for parliamentarians to take some control of Brexit and modify the road map of the Executive.

If May decides to resubmit the exit agreement with Parliament, that vote is not expected until February, a spokesman for Downing Street, May’s official office, suggested Monday.

Labor MP Yvette Cooper has advanced that she plans to present a clause to the motion that will be debated next week, which would force the government to request an extension of the EU deadline if it has failed to approve an agreement at the end of February.

Another possible amendment, developed by the conservative Dominic Grieve, aims to alter the usual parliamentary procedure to facilitate deputies outside the Government to mark the agenda of the chamber, which would pave the way for alternative plans to vote for May.

The option of holding a second referendum could also appear in an amendment, although it will be the president of the Commons, John Bercow, who will decide which clauses are finally put to the vote.

The Times newspaper has published that a group of Tories ministers threaten to resign if May does not let them vote on the Labor amendment that proposes to discard a Brexit without an agreement.

Good news: they eliminate a fee for the community

Theresa May has also announced that the British Government will eliminate the fee of 65 pounds (75 euros) for adults and 32.50 pounds (37 euros) for children under 16 years that costs the community to ask for the “settled status” to stay in the United Kingdom after Brexit.

May has indicated that these rates will be canceled when the application process is applied as of March 30, in order to avoid “financial impediments” for community members wishing to stay in British territory after leaving the country. European Union (EU), on the 29th of the same month.

According to the Prime Minister, the Government will “reimburse” the money to those people who request the status of settled in the preliminary phase initiated this Monday, when the computerized system that allows carrying out the procedures has come into force.

From this Monday, EU citizens living in the United Kingdom can start applying through a mobile application for the status of settled – if they have been five years of residence in this country – or pre-seated, if they aspire to complete that period.