Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Brexit: Rival MPs find common cause in blocking 'irresponsible' no deal

Brexit: Rival MPs find common cause in blocking 'irresponsible' no deal

Describing what would happen if her deal for a managed exit lost the parliamentary vote, May told the BBC's Andrew Marr show: "I don't think anybody can say exactly what will happen in terms of the reaction we'll see in parliament".

In an interview on Sunday, May said the delayed vote in Parliament on her Brexit deal will "definitely" go ahead later this month, as she promised to set out measures to win over skeptical lawmakers.

They range from a no-deal Brexit to not leaving at all.

Following the cancelled vote, May survived a leadership challenge triggered by disgruntled Eurosceptics in her party and has been back to Brussels to try and get additional reassurances about the so-called Irish backstop which was a major sticking point in opposition to the deal.

He said he hopes Mrs May would be able to go back to the European Union at that point to "secure changes to the political declarations".

She also refused denied that she plans to seek an extension of the two-year Article 50 process, suggesting that calls for an extension were really an attempt to prevent Brexit happening at all.

The Bill, which goes to a vote on Tuesday, gives the Treasury the right to spend money on a no-deal Brexit - but the amendments would block such powers unless Parliament explicitly wants a no-deal or the government asks for the March 29 deadline be extended, the paper reported Cooper as saying.

Labour's current policy is to push for a general election if Mrs May fails to get her Brexit deal through Parliament next week.

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She added: "What concerns me about the People's Vote movement is, as I've just said, is that instead of spending their time trying to change people's minds, they spend their time smacking the Labour Party around the head, some of them". "It was leave or remain, and the way you leave is to come out on March 29".

The UK's central bank has warned that Britain's gross domestic product could shrink by up to eight percent in such a scenario.

In a letter published by United Kingdom newspaper the Mail on Sunday, May warned critics of her departure plan risk damaging Britain's democracy and weakening its economy by opposing her deal.

Both the Labour and Conservative parties" 2017 General Election manifestos ran on pledges to respect the referendum vote and leave the European Union; while Mrs May has been pushing MPs to accept her Withdrawal Agreement, a "no deal' Brexit - the default legal position if the lower house votes down May's agreement - is fulfilling the referendum result as Tory MP Peter Bone told Sky News's Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

The survey by polling firm YouGov showed that if a referendum were held immediately, 46% would vote to remain, 39% would vote to leave, and the rest either did not know, would not vote, or refused to answer the question.

The survey of more than 25,000 voters also showed that 41 percent of Britons thought the final decision about Brexit should be made by a new public vote versus 36 percent who believe it should be up to parliament.

Emily Thornberry has attacked the campaign for a second Brexit referendum for thinking its job is to "slap the Labour Party around". Removing those who are undecided, the split was 53 per cent in favour of another referendum and 47 per cent against.

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