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  • French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he poses for a photograph after the recording of his New Year's speech at at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France December 31, 2018.

    French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he poses for a photograph after the recording of his New Year's speech at at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France December 31, 2018. | Photo: File photo.

Published 6 January 2019

President Macron is struggling to give Prime Minister May support for her Brexit deal which will stand to a parliamentary vote on Jan. 14.

French President Emmanuel Macron made a statement in support of the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, Friday.

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Macron allegedly told May that the deal she negotiated was “the best possible,” according to a spokesperson for the French presidency.

“The president reaffirmed his support for the deal reached on Nov. 25, which is the best possible agreement for all sides,” according to an official statement by the Elysee Palace.

Macron is struggling to give May substantial backing as he has a very volatile domestic situation on his hands. This is the eighth straight week of protests in France over fuel price hikes, austerity measures, and overall discontent with his management of government policy.  

A parliamentary vote on May’s Brexit deal is scheduled for Jan. 14.

There is a lot at stake in this poll, both for the particular form that the Brexit agreement will take as well as for May’s political career.

Those who oppose the deal argue that it could leave Britain locked inside the European Union’s customs union for an indefinite period of time.

For his part, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is getting ready to push forward a no-confidence vote on the Prime Minister if she fails to secure support for her deal in parliament.

“We’ve made it clear it’s a question of when not if we do a vote of no confidence in the government, and obviously we do (it) at a time when their confidence is the lowest ever, which I suspect will be after they’ve lost the vote,” said Corbyn.

To add to May’s woes, there have also been calls for a second referendum on Brexit from many parts of society. This move would open the road for a test of different agreement options in parliament.

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