Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, believes that the parliament could still support the deal of Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, if the European Union provide assurances on it, however, he warned that a no deal was still on the table.
Theresa May pulled out of a vote on her Brexit deal at the beginning of the week, dreading a heavy defeat amid the concerns over the “backstop” policy. The said policy is an insurance policy that is designed to avoid any hard land border for Ireland, however, the critics say that it could bind the United Kingdom to the rules of the European Union indefinitely.
However, Secretary Hunt claims that a version of the deal of PM May could still be able to get through the House of Commons.
During an interview with BBC radio on Saturday, Hunt stated: “When the dust has settled, the only way we’re going to get this through the House of Commons … is to have a version of the deal that the government has negotiated.”
Last Friday, PM May said that it was possible that the European Union could give guarantees that the backstop would only be temporary, even though, the other 27 leaders of the European Union have insisted that the treaty is not up for renegotiation.
However, Hunt says that they may have to, with the risk of a no deal likely to be too damaging for both sides.
Hunt remarked: “The EU cannot be sure that if they choose not to be helpful and flexible … that we would not end up with no deal.”
He added: “We cannot in these negotiations take no deal off the table. I don’t think the EU could be remotely sure that if we don’t find a way through this we wouldn’t end up with no deal.”