Brexit: MPs defeat government over no-deal preparations

Dominic Grieve

Dominic Grieve

Her proposal aims to restrict the Government's freedom to use the Bill to make tax changes linked to a no-deal Brexit without the "explicit consent" of Parliament.

Applauding the victory on the Commons floor was Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition, who said that the vote was an important step in preventing a no-deal Brexit and that it shows there is no majority for it in parliament, the Cabinet, or the country.

"The real question for Members of Parliament who voted to give the public a say through the European referendum in 2016, who voted in large numbers to trigger Article 50, is the outcome of triggering Article 50 is you either have a deal and the EU have been clear that the only deal on the table is the PM's deal. Theresa May must now rule out no deal once and for all".

A cross-party group of British MPs will later Tuesday seek to amend a finance law to limit the government's tax-raising powers in the event of an accidental "no deal".

In a two-way choice, 64 percent of grassroots members would opt for a "no-deal" Brexit on 29 March, with just 29 percent preferring the plan Theresa May has negotiated.

With less than three months until Britain leaves the EU, Mrs May is struggling to win approval for her Brexit deal.

"We have suggested some modest amendments here to enhance its standing and to strengthen its objective in securing a closer association between the European Union and its former member state", Duff said.

Layla Moran, a Liberal Democrat lawmaker who wants another referendum on European Union membership, said the truck journey would not convince the European Union that Britain was ready for no deal.

"These are political assurances but there's nothing more we can do".

"The closer we get to March 29 without a deal, the more assets will be transferred and headcount hired locally or relocated", he told City AM.

The Commons amendment, tabled by Labour's Yvette Cooper, is created to limit the Treasury's ability to spend money implementing a no-deal exit, including raising certain taxes, without the explicit consent of Parliament.

When asked if any politicians in the Conservative Party had changed their minds on opposing Mrs May's deal, Mr Barclay said: "Some have said they are much more open to but it is obviously challenging".

The tests began Monday morning and are meant to gauge how severe the disruption would be if Britain leaves the European Union on March 29 without an agreed-upon withdrawal deal.

There are also a number of lawmakers who have said they will vote against the deal because they want another referendum on Britain's membership of the EU. There are concerns that major traffic jams leading in and out of ferry ports like Dover would greatly hamper trade and leave Britain without adequate food and medicine. "Ensuring that we actually get the future relationship in place to replace the backstop if it's used is actually a crucial element of this".

Speaking at a hospital where she was launching her ten-year plan for the NHS, May said that there had been "some further movement from the EU" at the December European Council and that she had been speaking to EU leaders in the intervening period.

It is the default option if the British parliament votes against the deal and there are no other solutions.

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