Theresa May warned lawmakers that “Brexit could be lost” in the event that they voted in opposition to her Tuesday. (FILE PHOTO)
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was headed for defeat in a historic vote in parliament Tuesday, pitching Britain into the unknown simply 17 days earlier than it’s scheduled to go away the European Union.
Parliament’s failure to again the divorce phrases might unleash financial chaos: it raises the chance of Britain severing ties with its greatest commerce associate on March 29 and not using a deal after 46 years of EU membership.
May had dashed off to Strasbourg on Monday to wrest concessions from EU leaders in a last-gasp bid to win parliament’s blessing in one in every of its most consequential votes in generations.
The British chief introduced that she had secured the “legally binding changes” to the vexing difficulty of the Irish border that lawmakers had lengthy sought.
But Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, who supplies the federal government with impartial authorized recommendation, mentioned the chance in essentially the most contentious factors of the 585-page withdrawal deal agreed with the EU “remains unchanged”.
May’s preliminary cope with Brussels on unwinding Britain’s EU membership suffered an awesome defeat by the hands of MPs in January, with anti-Brexit MPs and hardliners forming an unlikely alliance.
The European Research Group of Brexit hardliners in May’s Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which provides May her working majority in parliament, each got here out in opposition to the deal on Tuesday.
The foremost opposition Labour Party additionally opposes it.
The pound reversed the features it had made after May’s announcement on Monday and tumbled after Cox’s recommendation was launched.
“Nothing has really changed”
The so-called “backstop” resolution for the Irish border — designed to avert sectarian violence from returning to Britain’s Northern Ireland — is opposed by extra ardent Brexit supporters.
They pressed May to safe the suitable for Britain to tug out of the association or to make it time restricted.
But Brussels has known as it important for preserving the bloc’s exterior border after Brexit.
The DUP mentioned in a press release that “sufficient progress has not been achieved at this time” and known as for a “sensible deal”.
The DUP’s consent was seen as important for swaying members of May’s personal get together to melt their opposition and both again the deal or abstain within the vote.
But there was scant proof of assist for May’s compromise in Conservative ranks.
“Nothing has really changed, and it is still a bad deal so unable to vote for this,” Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns tweeted.
“Brexit could be lost”
May warned lawmakers in a determined final try and sway them that “Brexit could be lost” in the event that they voted in opposition to her Tuesday.
“I think everybody needs to recognise, for those who genuinely want to deliver Brexit, that actually if this deal does not go through tonight, then this house risks no Brexit at all,” May mentioned.
Leaders throughout Europe additionally united behind a message that this was the perfect and closing supply Britain might count on.
“There will be no third chance,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker mentioned after his talks on Monday with May.
And German Chancellor Angela Merkel mentioned Tuesday that the EU was making “far-reaching proposals that take into account the concerns of Great Britain and to find answers for them”.
No-deal and delay
Another defeat would tee up extra votes on the way in which forward that May has promised in a bid to protect unity inside her fractured authorities.
One on Wednesday would determine whether or not Britain ought to merely go away on March 29 with none deal in any respect.
That choice is fraught with financial risks and is backed solely by hardcore proponents of the divorce.
The “no-deal” situation’s probably defeat would result in a vote on Thursday on requesting a delay to Brexit from the EU.
The different 27 nations would wish to again the extension unanimously and determine how lengthy it needs to be. Their leaders will meet in Brussels for a summit on March 21-22.
But any postponement might must be short-lived.
Juncker on Monday mentioned a delay past European Parliament elections on the finish of May would imply Britain must participate within the polls.
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