Theresa May Asked To Secure Brexit Concessions From EU

Pro-Brexit British lawmakers were mounting a campaign Monday to rescue Prime Minister Theresa May’s rejected European Union divorce deal in a parliamentary showdown this week.

Lawmakers threw out May’s Brexit deal two weeks ago and will debate and vote Tuesday on competing plans for what to do next about Britain’s impending departure from the bloc.

May insists her agreement can still win Parliament’s backing if it is tweaked to alleviate concerns about a provision for the Irish border. The measure, known as the backstop, would keep the U.K. in a customs union with the EU in order to remove the need for checks along the frontier between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Britain leaves the EU.

That border is important because it will be the only land border between Britain and the EU after Brexit.

Border checkpoints there have disappeared since Ireland and Britain both became members of the EU single market and the 1998 Good Friday peace accord largely ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland.