May to scrap £65 expense for EU nationals who need to remain in UK

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After Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal bargain was torpedoed in the Commons, the PM rejects requires a second choice.

Key focuses

Theresa May refreshes MPs on Brexit, promising an “adaptable, open and comprehensive” approach

PM guarantees to scrap £65 EU settlement charge and discount any individual who has paid as of now

May says second choice would harm “social attachment”

PM vows to attempt and anchor changes to Irish fringe stopping board

Live revealing by Sanya Burgess and Rebecca Taylor, news correspondents and Alan McGuinness, political journalist.

Brexit vanquish in Lords for government

In an irregular move, peers have casted a ballot by 243 to 208, a greater part of 35, to hinder the Trade Bill’s report arrange until the point when they get more subtleties of Number 10’s gets ready for post-Brexit exchange accords.

The vote has been marked a “strategy of impediment” by the administration and has no effect on the four days of board of trustees arrange banter on the bill, which begin on Monday.

In any case, it means that the bill’s consequent report stage won’t begin until the point that the administration has followed Labor’s interest to give Parliament more subtleties on how exchange understandings will be arranged and examined.
ANALYSIS: Will May have to rely on Labour votes?

Beth Rigby

@BethRigby
EU27 consistently said they will not re-open withdrawal agreement. So IF (caps lock for a reason) May could get a codicil on its temporary nature, @BorisJohnson would be minded not to support. How the hell does this get through? Has to be on back of some Labour votes

Boris Johnson

@BorisJohnson
The PM must go back to Brussels and either insist the backstop is removed entirely, or at the very least give us a legally binding change – within the text of the withdrawal agreement – that allows for the UK to come out of its own accord.
ANALYSIS: Hardly Plan B, more like a restatement of Plan A

“Theresa May was barely a minute into her Brexit statement when a female voice on the Labour back benches called out: ‘No change’,” writes our chief political correspondent Jon Craig.

It was the same message from Jeremy Corbyn when he rose to respond to the Prime Minister’s latest attempt to rescue her Brexit strategy.

“’Nothing has changed,’ he said. ‘This really does feel a bit like Groundhog Day.’ The PM was ‘going through the motions’ and in ‘deep denial’, he claimed.

“The Labour leader also claimed the PM’s meetings with MPs were a ‘PR sham’ and ‘phoney talks’. But a Tory MP shouted at him: ‘You weren’t there!’

“The Prime Minister’s statement was, however, entirely predictable. It was hardly a Plan B. It was more like a re-statement of Plan A with a few minor tweaks.

“She saved the best – the waiving of the £65 fee for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK – until last, a bit like a Chancellor’s rabbit out of the hat at the end of a Budget speech.

“But that was it, really. Right from the beginning of her statement, she said no to ruling out no deal, no to extending Article 50 and no to a second referendum.

“Predictably, it was the Irish backstop on which she suggested she was prepared to move. And predictably, she said she would talk to the DUP and others about it this week before taking the concerns back to Brussels.

“By ‘others’ she almost certainly meant the group of seven ex-ministers she met in Downing Street last Thursday who the issue preventing MPs backing her deal was the Irish backstop.

“That group – Iain Duncan Smith, David Davis, John Whittingdale, former Northern Ireland Secretaries Owen Paterson and Theresa Villiers, Steve Baker and Mark Francois – told her if she could resolve that issue she could win MPs’ backing.

“So it was significant that she told Boris Johnson – who was booed and hissed by some Labour MPs – she was ‘exploring… the nature of any movement on the backstop that would secure the support of this House’.

“Minutes later Sir Hugo Swire, a former Northern Ireland minister, told her if she could get the necessary changes to the backstop he was confident her deal would get through Parliament.

“If only it were so easy. Despite what the PM promised, many MPs are convinced the EU – both Brussels chiefs Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk and the 27 leaders – will refuse to re-open negotiations on the backstop.

“And her willingness to talk to and listen to her own Euro-sceptic backbenchers and the DUP has inevitably led some Opposition leaders, such as the Lib Dems’ Vince Cable, to claim she is putting party interest before the national interest.

“Hilary Benn, who chairs the Brexit select committee of MPs, repeated what he said after he met the PM last Thursday, when he claimed: ‘I am sorry to say while her door may have been open, her mind has remained closed’.

“Later during the Commons exchanges, Labour’s Pat McFadden asked the Prime Minister why she was opposed to a general election. She said it was not the right policy ‘at this time’.

“That prompted yet another shout from the Labour back benches: ‘That’s what you said last time!’

“On a day when the Prime Minister’s Plan B looked remarkably like her Plan A, the pithy observations from what MPs call ‘a sedentary position’ were – as they often are – spot on.”