4, February 2019
British Prime Minister Theresa May vows to “battle” in negotiations aimed at divorcing from the EU.
The premier made the comment in an op-ed for Telegraph published Saturday, days after her version of the Brexit dead gained support among in the British parliament.
“When I return to Brussels I will be battling for Britain and Northern Ireland, I will be armed with a fresh mandate, new ideas and a renewed determination to agree a pragmatic solution that delivers the Brexit the British people voted for,” May wrote.
She further hailed the MPs for finally backing her up in dealings with Brussels.
“Significantly, the amendment that MPs voted in favor of carried support from across the Conservative Party,” she added. “My colleagues — who had found themselves in different division lobbies in recent months — stood together, united in support of a single proposition.”
She failed to explain though what she means by the “alternative arrangements” that she would seek to the backstop provision on the Northern Ireland border.
According to Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, “This is not a new concept… The EU is committed to trying to agree alternative arrangements to replace the backstop. We want a comprehensive future relationship in place by the end of 2020 so the backstop is never used. We want to get on with that work once the withdrawal agreement is ratified. Yet there are no credible alternative arrangements, put forward by anyone, that achieve the shared goal of the UK and EU to avoid a hard border.”