British PM Theresa May’s top lawyer heads to Brussels in last-ditch Brexit bid


LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May`s top government lawyer heads to Brussels on Tuesday in a last-ditch bid to secure changes to get her Brexit deal through parliament and smooth Britain`s departure from the European Union.

Britain is due to leave the EU in 24 days, but parliament`s rejection of May`s deal earlier this year has put in doubt how, when or possibly even if Britain`s biggest foreign and trade policy shift in more than 40 years will take place.

May has charged her team, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Brexit minister Stephen Barclay, with securing changes to the so-called Irish backstop, an insurance policy to prevent a “hard border” between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland if a future trading relationship falls short.

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