Brexit: MPs defeat government over no-deal preparations

Brexit: MPs defeat government over no-deal preparations

Brexit: MPs defeat government over no-deal preparations

It is widely expected that an abrupt departure would lead to the introduction of tariff and customs barriers that would slow fast-moving ferry and rail traffic that links Britain to continental Europe.

It was supported by 303 votes to 296, a majority of seven.

With less than three months until Britain leaves the EU, May is struggling to win approval for her Brexit deal, which was settled on in November after more than a year of back-and-forth negotiations between London and Brussels.

"Neither party, to be frank, has been sufficiently well prepared for this exercise: the United Kingdom, as we see, has had no settled view about what it wants after Brexit, and the European Union side has managed to evade a deep reflection on the future of Europe without the Brits".

Assets worth almost £800-billion ($1.4-trillion) are being moved from Britain to new financial hubs in the European Union ahead of Brexit, consultancy EY said on Monday.

The EU, for its part, has insisted that the withdrawal agreement can not be renegotiated but has made clear the backstop is meant only as a temporary measure of last resort.

European Union sources told Reuters that senior officials in Brussels are discussing whether and how to issue "reassurances" that might help May overcome resistance to the deal before lawmakers vote in London next week.

However, that could be less likely with the government's defeat on Tuesday.

Labour's Owen Smith, part of the pro-EU "Best for Britain" campaign, told HuffPost UK: "She's right to say we may have to extend Article 50 when Parliament rejects this rubbish deal next week".

The Prime Minister, who spoke to six European leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the Christmas holiday, said the government was "continuing to work on further assurances" on the issue of the controversial Irish border backstop. "That is why we are taking every opportunity possible in parliament to prevent no deal", Corbyn said, cited by the Guardian.

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The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who turned round and applauded Cooper in the chamber as the defeat was announced, said: "This vote is an important step to prevent a no-deal Brexit".

More than 200 MPs from across the Commons have been invited to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister today after signing a letter calling on her to rule out no-deal.

May has not spelled out how she will respond if the withdrawal bill is voted down next week.

May confirmed the House of Commons will cast its judgment on her withdrawal deal next week, a month after she postponed the vote in the face of certain defeat.

"A week is a very long time in politics".

"If the deal is not voted on at this vote that's coming up, then actually we're going to be in uncharted territory", May said on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show. "We have got a week".

"I don't work on hypotheses - the current situation is complex enough".

MANSTON, England, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A convoy of almost 90 trucks rolled through the southeast English countryside to Britain's main port to continental Europe on Monday in a government test-run for a potentially chaotic Brexit that was mocked as a farce by opponents of the split.

At Manston airport in Kent, which could be used as an area for parking if there is gridlock at the port of Dover, 87 trucks were lined up, the Department for Transport said.

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