German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said she welcomed the European Commission’s proposals to break a deadlock in Brexit negotiations by providing legal clarity on the backstop solution, adding that Britain now had to respond.
“And now of course it’s up to Britain to respond to this offer,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin. “We want a good partnership with Britain, will do everything for this. And now we’ll wait and see what happens in the next few days in the British parliament and what decisions will be made there.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May refused to admit defeat for her European Union divorce deal 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 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.
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.
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