PM May resumes Brexit battle as crucial vote looms Jan 08, 2019 0 4478 12345 AFPLondonBritish Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday she was seeking further EU Brexit assurances in a bid to persuade MPs to back her unpopular deal in a crucial vote next week, while the bloc repeated it would not renegotiate.Parliament returned from its Christmas break ready to resume debating the withdrawal deal struck in November, before a vote in the House of Commons next week, possibly on January 15.May postponed the vote last month because of intense opposition to the agreement from MPs, but there is little sign yet of the clarifications she promised to secure from EU leaders.The stakes could hardly be higher as the clock ticks down to Brexit on March 29, when Britain, the world’s fifth-biggest economy, splits from its main trading partner.“We are continuing to work on further assurances, on further undertakings from the European Union,” May said after talks with the Dutch, French, German, Spanish and EU leaders over the holidays.A government source said these assurances may not be ready before MPs resume debating the Brexit deal on Wednesday, but are expected by the time of the vote.However Margaritis Schinas, the spokesman for the European Commission, said: “There are no negotiations, because all we have on the table is what we consider given, acquired and approved.”He added: “We must await events, the ratification process on the British side.”The Brexit deal took nearly two years to negotiate and only covers separation issues, leaving open the future relationship, but it has provoked anger on all sides in London.May survived a confidence vote in her own party over the agreement in December, but her Brexit-backing MPs are still in open revolt, while the opposition Labour party is angling for new elections.May warned on Sunday that rejecting her deal next week would put Britain “in uncharted territory”.Labour wants to renegotiate the agreement, but some Brexit supporters say there is nothing to be feared from leaving the EU with no deal at all. RELATED ARTICLES Pope vows justice for victims of abuse Jan 08, 2019 0 736 Bohemian Rhapsody rocks Golden Globes with surprise coda Jan 08, 2019 0 730 Italy populist leaders back ‘yellow vest’ protests Jan 08, 2019 0 661 Church blocks deportation of asylum-seeker Dusseldorf: A church in the German city of Solingen has blocked the deportation of an Iranian man by allowing him to stay on its premises under church asylum. The church called on people to come for an early morning service .. Dutch to give free legal aid for MH17 claims The Hague: Dutch officials will provide free legal advice to relatives of those killed in the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine for damages claims, the country’s justice minister said Monday. Justice Minister Ferd .. Ukraine church holds ‘historic’ first service Kiev: Ukraine’s newly created independent Orthodox Church held its first service in Kiev on Monday after a historic break with the Russian Orthodox Church that has enraged Moscow. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko .. Six dead after ship sinks off Turkish coast Istanbul: Six people have lost their lives after a ship sank off the Turkish Black Sea coast. Another seven of the 13 people on board were rescued, the state news agency Anadolu reported on Monday. According to the news .. Venezuelan top court judge flees country AFP Caracas Venezuela’s Supreme Court said Sunday a justice who sat on a panel that deals with electoral issues has fled the country, reportedly to Florida. The high court said it has opened an investigation into the .. New California Governor Newsom takes the helm Reuters SACRAMENTO Democrat Gavin Newsom will be sworn in as California’s 40th governor on Monday, cementing the dominance of his party’s progressive wing and ushering in a leftward shift that could give the most .. Trump to visit US-Mexico border on Thursday AFP Washington President Donald Trump will visit the US-Mexican border this week, his spokeswoman said Monday, in the latest bid to pressure Congress over border wall negotiations that have led to a partial government .. Kevin Spacey denies abuse allegations AFP Nantucket Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty Monday to indecently assaulting a teenager who alleged that the Oscar-winning US actor groped him in a bar in Massachusetts in 2016. The “House of Cards” star, who faces five ..