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UK Gov't Defiant Over Brexit Deal      03/26 06:28

   British Prime Minister Theresa May's government remained defiant after 
Parliament took partial control of the stalled process of leaving the European 
Union, arguing Tuesday that the maneuvering simply underscores the need for 
lawmakers to approve her twice-defeated deal.

   LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May's government remained 
defiant after Parliament took partial control of the stalled process of leaving 
the European Union, arguing Tuesday that the maneuvering simply underscores the 
need for lawmakers to approve her twice-defeated deal.

   The House of Commons voted Monday to take control of the parliamentary 
timetable away from the government so that lawmakers can vote on alternatives 
to the withdrawal agreement May negotiated with the EU.

   But Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC on Tuesday that the 
government won't "pre-commit" to accepting the option backed by lawmakers 
because they may come up with a plan that is impractical.

   "The best way through this impasse is the one deal that has been negotiated 
with the EU that can be delivered quickly now," Hancock said, referring to the 
prime minister's agreement.

   May's authority is hanging by a thread after 30 members of her Conservative 
Party defied her instructions and voted for parliament to take control of the 
process. Three government ministers resigned rather than vote with the 
government.

   The prime minister is continuing to push for approval of her deal with the 
EU even though the House of Commons overwhelmingly rejected it during votes in 
January and again in March.

   Lawmakers who backed Monday's motion, which passed 329-302, hope to find an 
alternative that can command a majority in Parliament by holding a series of 
"indicative votes" on other options. Those alternatives include a "soft Brexit" 
that maintains close economic ties with the EU or scrapping Britain's departure 
altogether.

   Richard Harrington, who resigned as a business minister to vote in favor of 
Monday's motion, accused the government of "playing roulette" with people's 
lives.

   Cabinet ministers gathering Tuesday for their regular meeting are expected 
to demand that Conservative Party lawmakers be allowed to follow their 
consciences, rather than vote the party line, during the debate Wednesday on 
alternatives to the prime minister's deal.

   "Parliament should seek urgently to resolve the situation by considering 
alternatives freely, without the instruction of party whips, and government 
should adopt any feasible outcome as its own in order to progress matters," 
said Alistair Burt, who quit his role in the Foreign Office after defying May 
on Monday.

   "I did not believe the government was prepared to do that, so had to vote to 
ensure this happens."


(CZ)

 
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