Tony Blair steps up warnings on 'irresponsible' no-deal Brexit

Galtero Lara
Febrero 10, 2019

"No one could responsibly propose (a no-deal Brexit)".

May will promise parliament another vote on other Brexit options if a deal is still not ready by the end of February.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, but parliament has rejected May's divorce deal, leaving the prime minister to seek changes from a resistant EU.

But in an effort to see off attempts to bind the Government's hands, Downing Street is promising another opportunity to table amendments - which are likely to include measures aimed at taking a no-deal Brexit off the table - on February 27.

But there is no commitment to hold a binding vote on the deal itself by the end of the month.

The former prime minister said no deal will inevitably lead to a "really hard border" on the island of Ireland and cause a huge split within the UK.

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He acknowledged that more work was needed to get the United Kingdom ready for Brexit on March 29, telling the BBC's Andrew Marr Show there are "still steps that are currently being put in place" but "there is steady work that is going on, 10,000 civil servants that are now focused on this" and the Border Force was "ramping up" its staff.

"It's this blinkered approach that's got us to where we are, with her never wanting to see where the real majority is in parliament".

May wants to win over lawmakers in her Conservative Party with changes relating to the Northern Irish border, but the EU has refused to reopen that part of the deal and instead wants May to pursue a compromise with the main opposition Labour Party by agreeing closer UK-EU ties. "There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson told the Andrew Marr Show that if those conditions were not met then his party could move to supporting a second referendum.

Housing minister James Brokenshire said on Sunday May would commit to giving parliament another debate on Brexit with the chance to vote on alternative options, if a deal had not yet been agreed and voted upon by then.

Asked if she could stay in office if the Government backed a customs union she said: "I absolutely do not think that should be our policy".

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