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Brexit Plan B Unveiled; Groundhog Day Comparison Made

Theresa May's second plan is pretty similar to first plan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 21, 2019 1:28 PM CST
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street to attend parliament in London, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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(Newser) – British Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her Brexit Plan B on Monday—and it looks a lot like Plan A, the AP reports. May launched a mission to resuscitate her rejected European Union divorce deal, setting out plans to get it approved by Parliament after securing changes from the EU to a contentious Irish border measure. May's opponents expressed incredulity: British lawmakers last week dealt the deal a resounding defeat, and EU leaders insist they won't renegotiate it. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party accused May of being in "deep denial" about her doomed deal. "This really does feel a bit like Groundhog Day," he said, referring to the 1993 film starring Bill Murray, in which a weatherman is fated to live out the same day over and over again.

Outlining what she plans to do after her EU divorce deal was rejected by Parliament last week, May said that she had heeded lawmakers' concerns over an insurance policy known as the "backstop" that is intended to guarantee there are no customs checks along the border between EU member Ireland and the UK's Northern Ireland after Brexit. May told the House of Commons that she would be "talking further this week to colleagues ... to consider how we might meet our obligations to the people of Northern Ireland and Ireland in a way that can command the greatest possible support in the House. And I will then take the conclusions of those discussions back to the EU." But the bloc insists that it won't renegotiate the withdrawal agreement. At CNN, Jane Merrick says May on Monday basically "restated" her failed Plan A, "with some reassurance that the Northern Ireland issue will, at some point, be resolved." There were, however, some tweaks to the original plan, including the waiving of a fee for EU citizens in Britain who stay permanently after Brexit. (More details on the backstop here.)


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