Gavin Williamson: Back Brexit deal or leave without one

March 15 14:55 2019

Parliament is also scheduled to vote Thursday on several other options, including a call to use a Brexit delay to organize a new referendum on Britain’s European Union membership.

In another sting for May, U.S. President Donald Trump said he was “surprised at how badly” the Brexit negotiations have been handled.

A sense of chaos filled the House of Commons this week as lawmakers held a series of votes on ideas about what they could do next.

Mrs May has made clear that she will press her Agreement to a third “meaningful vote” in the Commons by March 20 in the hope of securing the support of MPs who rejected it by 230 votes in January and 149 earlier this week.

The People’s Vote campaign, a cross-party group calling for a second referendum, also told its members to abstain, suggesting that Thursday was not the right time – but that another vote would happen in due course.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s office said it was a matter for the whips to decide what action, if any, they would face.

And the plan was voted down by a tiny margin, with 314 voting against and 312 voting for.

“But without a radically new approach, business fears this is simply a stay of execution”.

“If we don’t have a deal, and if we’re still discussing among ourselves what is the right way to go forward, then it’s quite possible that the European Union may insist on a significantly longer period”, he said.

Seeking to win over dissenters, she has given rebellious Conservative lawmakers a thinly veiled warning that a failure to back her plan could mean no Brexit at all.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, who voted against the Government motion requesting an Article 50 extension, told the BBC: “There were two parts of the motion, a short technical extension which we need with the deal, and we are pushing that”.

The votes were the last in a series of vital parliamentary decisions on Brexit over several days, mean that Britain’s departure from the European Union should not now take place before June 30 and gave May a window to resuscitate her plan.

All 27 EU countries will need to agree to the delay, and yesterday European Council President Donald Tusk spoke out in favour of a “long extension” – possibly years – in order to renegotiate a Brexit deal.

Mr Dodds said his party wants to get a deal, but said the issue of the Northern Ireland border backstop needs to be addressed.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney mentioned the possibility on Thursday of Brexit being pushed back until the end of 2020.

60% of the public agrees that politicians “should compromise and agree on a Brexit deal that honours the referendum result”.

On currency markets Friday, the pound jumped versus the dollar and steadied against the euro after a week that saw wild fluctuations for the United Kingdom unit triggered by the Brexit twists and turns in parliament. But MPs have voted to delay exit day.

A vote by Britain’s parliament to seek to delay when it leaves the European Union only adds uncertainty about timing to an already hard situation, Germany’s DIHK industry group said in comments published by German media on Friday.

One rally in October drew around half a million people and was joined by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The parliamentary deadlock reflects the deep divisions that remain in Britain three years after the referendum.

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Gavin Williamson: Back Brexit deal or leave without one
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