British Parliament To Vote On Possible ‘No Deal’ Brexit

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Members of British Parliament in the United Kingdom will vote on whether to leave the European Union without a deal on March 29.

The MPs on Tuesday, rejected changes secured by Prime Minister, Theresa May, to the existing deal following a last-minutes talks with the European Union in Strasbourg.

Her withdrawal agreement was defeated in the Commons by 149 votes.

The Parliament had in January rejected a proposed deal by May in January, before she secured the changes which have now been kicked against.

The two documents agreed upon with EU chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier and Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, were a jointly legally binding instrument on the withdrawal agreement, which the UK could use to start a “formal dispute” against the EU if it tried to keep the UK tied into the backstop indefinitely.

The other agreement is a joint statement about the UK and EU’s future relationship which commits to replacing the backstop with an alternative by December 2020.

Though Conservative MPs have a free vote, the Prime Minister has confirmed that she will vote to block a no-deal Brexit

The MPs will also vote on two amendments.

The first rejects a no-deal Brexit at any time, and the second calls for a delay to Brexit from March 29 to May 22, to give time to leave without a deal.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has warned a no-deal Brexit would mean “significant disruption”, with higher unemployment, lower wages and higher prices in shops.

The British government has also warned that most imports would be without tariff if there is no deal.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Conservative Party leader, has again called for a general election.

 

 

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