Labour: May should spell out contingency in case Brexit deal fails

Lloyd Doyle
November 16, 2018

May had barely left the chamber when Rees-Mogg announced publicly that he was submitting a letter of no-confidence in May - essentially an open call for the Prime Minister's own party to unseat her.

At the same time as ministers and Number 10 staffers were deserting her, Theresa May had endure a painful Commons debate in which both sides pronounced that her deal was dead. "We are also prepared for a no deal scenario - but of course we are best prepared for a no-Brexit scenario".

Mr Bone asked whether she was "aware" that she was was "not delivering the Brexit people voted for" with the draft withdrawal agreement.

The British prime minister was clinging to power by the thinnest of threads on Thursday after a wave of resignations from her Cabinet and the beginnings of a political coup to oust her as leader.

"This is not the deal the country was promised, And Parliament can not and I believe will not accept a false choice between this bad deal and no deal", he said.

In his resignation letter he said, "No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime, imposed externally without democratic control over the laws to be applied".

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab - who only took over in the summer after David Davis resigned in protest over the Prime Minister's withdrawal strategy - said he "cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU".

Brexit hardliner Esther McVey also quit her work and pensions secretary post. They have also agreed to the text of a separate, shorter statement on the UK's future relationship with the European Union, including the kind of trade deal the two sides want.

Brexit supporters in May's party, which has been riven by a schism over Europe for three decades, said she had surrendered to the European Union and that they would vote down the deal.

When you strip away the detail, the choice before us is clear. However, hardline Brexit supporters argue that it would be best for the the long run, as fewer commitments to Europe would make it easier for Britain to negotiate direct trade deals worldwide. We can risk no Brexit at all. I have never accepted that.

"Delivering Brexit involves hard choices for all of us", said the Prime Minister.

However, the spate of resignations triggered earlier in the day is expected to continue to play out as her leadership remains under siege.

But the collective decision of cabinet was that the Government should agree the draft Withdrawal Agreement and the Outline Political Declaration - this is a decisive step which enables us to move on and finalize the deal in the days ahead.

In parliament, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, told May: "The government must now withdraw this half-baked deal".

In an apparent response to Ms Weyand's comments, the Prime Minister said: "I am aware of the concerns that there are, that we don't want to be in a position where the European Union would find it comfortable to keep the United Kingdom in the backstop permanently".

"The government is in chaos", Corbyn said.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has expressed concerns over the flow of medicine into Britain following a potential no-deal Brexit.

But the wider FTSE 100 was less heavily affected, with the pound's fall providing a boost to the sterling value of the top-flight's multinationals, whose earnings are largely in foreign currencies.

But this bit is controversial - Brexiteers do not like the prospect of being tied to European Union customs rules, and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party has said it will not tolerate anything that creates a new border down the Irish Sea.

It also raised questions about calling a snap general election, which could see a Labor win, or holding a second Brexit referendum that could overturn the original vote to leave the European Union.

Late last month, about 700,000 people marched through London in support of a grassroots campaign called "People's Vote", and three of the four former prime ministers who are still living have come out in support of a second referendum.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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