Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brussels didn’t blink: Walls closing in on Britain as Brexit mayhem escalates

Brussels didn’t blink: Walls closing in on Britain as Brexit mayhem escalates

The EU, which had warned there would be no more changes or negotiations if Parliament threw out the deal, expressed exasperation at yet another Brexit crisis.

May said the government would not instruct her own party's lawmakers how to vote, as would normally be the case.

The result marked a second defeat within two months for the prime minister over her Brexit strategy after MPs overwhelmingly rejected the proposed withdrawal agreement by a margin of 230 in January.

However, parliament is expected firmly to reject a "no-deal" Brexit as well, so lawmakers would then vote again on Thursday - on whether government should request a delay to the leaving date to allow further talks.

Some British lawmakers underscored that warning, telling their Brexit-backing colleagues that rejecting the deal could lead to Britain's departure being postponed indefinitely.

To protect human, animal, and plant health, animals and animal products from countries outside the EU would need to enter Northern Ireland through a designated entry point, regulated plant material from outside the EU and high risk EU plant material will require certification and pre-notification before arriving in the UK.

And Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi said it would be "consistent for all of us in Government to leave no-deal on".

Extending the timeframe for Brexit would require approval from all 27 remaining European Union member countries.

"Given that nearly two months after the first vote was comprehensively rejected there has been pretty scant progress made, this suggests that it will take more than a small tweak on this deal to gain the support required to passed".

To be going into a vote which determines whether Britain leaves the European Union without agreement - a scenario economists have warned would cause significant damage and May has said would weaken national security - without a lead from the government appears from the outside to be a stunning position and adds ammunition to those who claim May's administration has lost control.

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The amendment also requests a second referendum to take place, on whether or not the United Kingdom should leave with the agreed deal, or remain in the EU.

Others, such as prominent cabinet minister Amber Rudd, have said they would resign if no-deal became government policy.

European Parliament Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt tweeted: "Brexit was about taking back control".

This option is likely to prove popular, since politicians on both sides of the Brexit debate fear time is running out to secure an orderly withdrawal by March 29.

Ms. May wasn't helped by Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox, who released a legal opinion of the revised deal on Tuesday that indicated the changes she negotiated had limited impact.

But May warned: "Voting against leaving without a deal and for an extension does not solve the problems we face". The changes were announced as the government attempts to mitigate a £9bn food-price shock from a no-deal Brexit.

I suppose all the way through [the EU] had two goals: the first one, if possible to convince Britain to go back on the vote, but secondly, if there is going to be Brexit, they wanted to set an example that it would not be easy for any other member.

More than two and a half years after the country voted to leave the European Union - and with no certainty about when or how it will - many Britons are simply fed up. "This House will have to answer that question", she said, her voice half-breaking due to a cold.

Now you're talking. Some think that Labour only backed a second vote because of its ultimate desire to force an early general election - something the party believes it could win.

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