Theresa May confirms she will vote to block no-deal Brexit

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 15, 2019

While May was reluctant to give a vote on delaying Brexit in the first place, there is widespread relief that she managed to thwart a backbench plan for the Commons to seize control of Brexit from the Government. May is running out of time for any meaningful changes to be made to the political declaration accompanying her deal.

Wordsworth's dancing daffodils do look golden in Downing Street but inside Number 10, where Britain's embattled Prime Minister is holed up nursing a sore throat after non-stop negotiations with Brussels over her Brexit deal, the mood is anything but sunny.

"The PM said the choice was between her deal and no deal".

Other things MPs decided they didn't want on Thursday include taking time to seek cross-party support for alternative plans and having a third vote on May's deal - amendments giving MPs more control over Brexit and killing off May's deal were respectively defeated and pulled.

Her plan has been voted down twice by a large margin.

Leading Tory Remainers and Brexiteers, including Dominic Grieve and Boris Johnson, have suggested the prime minister's deal is now "finished" and other options must be brought forward.

The attitude to the United Kingdom varies from country to country, but it's generally held that the longest extension that the European Union would be willing to consider if May's deal passes, is about 6-8 weeks. And while some in Brussels don't mind the idea of extending for up to and over a year, remember that it only takes one member state to veto an extension.

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Labour wants no-deal to be "taken off the table" and is likely to back an amendment - a legislative tool - tabled by MPs Jack Dromey and Caroline Spelman ruling out the United Kingdom leaving without an agreement at any stage in the process.

There is no serious move by cabinet ministers to oust May as Prime Minister but speculation is growing as to how long she can cling on to the job.

Ahead of the no-deal Commons vote, the government announced that most imports into the United Kingdom would not attract a tariff in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

May responded: "The deal that he's proposing has been rejected several times by this house". Tariffs would be maintained to protect some industries, including agriculture.

Within government, there is renewed optimism that success is possible.

The decision to drop all checks to avoid friction at the UK's land border with the European Union will be temporary while longer term solutions are negotiated.

The plan, known as the Malthouse compromise, is backed by Brexiteer members of the European Research Group of Tory MPs, as well as the DUP and former Remain ministers like Nicky Morgan and Damian Green.

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