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UK's May hints at Brexit backstop vote to save ailing deal | Bangkok Post: news

News Summed Up 2018-12-06 05:30:00

LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa May suggested Thursday that MPs may get to decide whether Britain eventually joins the "backstop" plan to avoid post-Brexit border checks with Ireland. "The question is do we go into the backstop, do we extend... the transition period? The Conservative prime minister commands a slim working majority in parliament thanks to a deal with Northern Ireland's DUP, which is fiercely opposed to her plan. DUP leader Nigel Dodds said his party would vote against the deal, but would not move to bring down May's government. A defeat for the prime minister next week could trigger a no-confidence vote leading to early elections, leaving the Brexit process in chaos.


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