UK Brexit vote set for January 15 amid talk of delay

Jo Lloyd
January 9, 2019

Some 20 Tory MPs voted with Labour to restrict the chancellor's ability to cut or raise taxes in a "no deal" scenario without the consent of Parliament.

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

Applauding the victory on the Commons floor was Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition, who said that the vote was an important step in preventing a no-deal Brexit and that it shows there is no majority for it in parliament, the Cabinet, or the country.

Mrs May's government continues to argue that the way to prevent no deal is to vote through her plan next week. The simple truth is that there is total confusion within the government and the public and With Brexit negotiations paralyzed, and fewer than 100 days till the clock runs out, it seems that the United Kingdom government remains entirely unready for a no-deal exit from the European Union and in recent weeks, the government has started making some frantic preparations.

Legislators are set to to vote on the withdrawal deal on January 15.

But anti-Brexit MPs pounced on James' remarks, claiming she had let slip the reality facing ministers. We can leave the European Union under the terms of some version of the prime minister's bad deal or we can keep all our rights, powers, influence and op-outs in our current deal as full members of the EU.

Another reception will be held on Wednesday as part of the charm offensive, while more than 200 MPs who signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging her to rule out a no-deal Brexit have been invited to meet Mrs May at Downing Street on Tuesday.

Twenty Tory rebel MPs defied the whips to back the change - including former ministers Kenneth Clarke, Sir Michael Fallon, Justine Greening, Dominic Grieve and Sam Gyimah.

Spain - one of the European Union countries with the largest number of British residents - said on 28 December that it was preparing emergency measures to preserve their rights in Spain in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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"Whilst this amendment only applies to the Finance Bill, and whilst there are still a wide range of different views on the best way forward, it shows that enough MPs (lawmakers) are ready to come together in a sensible way to oppose a chaotic No Deal".

The Commons amendment, tabled by Labour's Yvette Cooper, is created to limit the Treasury's ability to spend money on no-deal preparations, without the explicit consent of Parliament.

Seven bills must be implemented in order to conclude a Brexit deal by March, including trade, agriculture, healthcare, financial services, fisheries and immigration, as well as legislation for the withdrawal agreement itself.

London police say they have increased their presence outside Parliament after some 55 lawmakers complained about verbal abuse as the Brexit debate intensifies. The EU has signaled it may try to allay the fears of May's critics but will not renegotiate the deal.

One of her predecessors as Tory leader, Iain Duncan Smith, wrote in the Mail newspaper on Sunday that "this deal simply doesn't work, and, far from securing Brexit, it shackles us to the European Union". "Ensuring that we actually get the future relationship in place to replace the backstop if it's used is actually a crucial element of this".

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