Theresa May faces new battle over 'bid to block no-deal Brexit'

14 February, 2019, 06:44 | Author: Trevor Moore
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The British government denied on February 13 it was secretly plotting to force MPs into a last-minute choice on Brexit between a rejigged deal or a lengthy delay.

A series of amendments - created to change the direction of Brexit - will be considered in the debate, which is expected to be a routine procedure.

If a deal is agreed, MPs will have a second "meaningful vote", like the one in January which saw Mrs May's original plan rejected by a record-breaking 230 votes.

The prime minister has asked MPs to approve a motion simply acknowledging that the process was ongoing and restating their support for the approach.

Another, from the SNP, calls on the government to pass a law leading to the Brexit process being halted.

Commons Speaker John Bercow will announce which amendments to the motion will be put to the vote.

"The Government is trying to avoid proper scrutiny and run down the clock in order to force through its bad Brexit deal".

But May's office published her reply to Corbyn late on Sunday, showing little appetite for a U-turn which would risk splitting her fractious party by ruling out the scope for Britain to strike its own trade deals around the world.

Starmer said Labour would back a bid by a cross-party group of MPs to prevent a no-deal Brexit if May can not reach an agreement with Brussels by mid-March.

"I am not clear why you believe it would be preferable to seek a say in future European Union trade deals rather than the ability to strike our own deal?"

"We want to leave with a deal, and that's what we're working for". But some Brexiteers have played down that prospect, arguing it is an example of "Project Fear".

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May updated parliament following a series of last-gasp meetings held in Belfast, Brussels, and Dublin despite European Union leaders' insistence that they will not renegotiate the deal they had already struck with her.

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He said German exports to the United Kingdom had fallen by about 10 per cent in real terms since the 2016 referendum and predicted German GDP could be 0.2 to 0.5 per cent lower in the long term because of Brexit. Also, many members from Mays Conservative party voted against the Deal.

The result of the vote will be purely symbolic, as it will not be legally binding, but a defeat would be a setback for Mrs May as she tries to persuade Brussels to change. The U.K.'s bid for last-minute changes has exasperated European Union leaders, who insist the legally binding withdrawal agreement can't be changed.

The statement was allegedly overheard by ITV news correspondent Angus Walker as Robbins spoke to colleagues at a hotel bar in Brussels on Monday.

With 45 days to go however, Mr Grieve warned time was running perilously short under the terms of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act which requires 21 sitting days before the ratification of any worldwide treaty.

The Act, passed by Gordon Brown's administration in 2010, requires 21 sitting days before the ratification of any global treaty.

He declined to say whether Labour MPs would be disciplined for disobeying the whip in upcoming Brexit votes.

It will allow normal transport services to continue for a limited time period to prevent a sudden disruption to services.

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