MPs reject bid to delay Brexit by extending Article 50

MPs reject bid to delay Brexit by extending Article 50

The spokesman said on Monday he could not imagine any circumstances under which parliament would not be given another chance to vote on approving a Brexit deal, and restated that Mrs May is committed to leaving the European Union on March 29. "That is what most of us want to see - a negotiated settlement with the EU", Ms Morgan told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

However, Brussels has repeatedly said it does not want to reopen the treaty, which has been signed off by the other 27 European Union leaders, and has said there must be a "backstop", a guarantee to ensure there is no return to a hard border between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland.

Bercow said he had selected seven amendments, including one put forward by Conservative lawmaker Graham Brady which calls for the so-called Northern Irish backstop to be removed and replaced with "alternative arrangements".

Or does she tie herself to the mast of Morgan/Baker, knowing it is the route to a no-deal Brexit and the probable collapse of her government?

A look at some of the amendments that are most likely to be discussed. Currently, the backstop clause would indefinitely keep Britain in a customs union with the EU if no other way were found to avoid physical border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Britain has the option of using martial law to quell civil disorder that might ensue under a no-deal Brexit, but that is not the focus of the government's attention, Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday.

The House of Commons also backed on Tuesday a non-binding amendment to rule out a damaging no-deal Brexit, a move welcomed by Tusk.

Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Parliament's first duty was "to block a disastrous no deal", and he believed that, whatever the outcome over the coming weeks, it was inevitable the government would have to delay Brexit, as there was not enough time to pass the necessary legislation.

"But even if there was a last-minute concession by the European Union on the backstop, with all the risks to peace in Ireland that would entail, this amendment ignores the fact that most MPs who voted against the prime minister's deal have concerns that go way beyond the backstop". "We need to go back into the text of the treaty and solve the problem".

Another amendment, tabled by Tory Dominic Grieve, which sought to wrest control of Commons business from the Government for six individual days in the run-up to March 29, was defeated by 321 votes to 301, majority 20.

They have said that they will only back May and the Brady Amendment if she is willing to commit to work together with them on their plan, which is to replace the current backstop.

Although Parliament is overwhelmingly opposed to May's Brexit deal, lawmakers are divided over what to do instead - whether to brace for a "no-deal" Brexit or to try and rule that out. Any proposals approved by parliament on those days would not be binding on the government but would be politically hard to ignore.

A pro-Brexit protester argues wth anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Jan. 28, 2019.

"On behalf of our businesses and the wider food industry we want to highlight to you the challenges for retailers and the consequences for millions of United Kingdom consumers of leaving the European Union without a deal at the end of March", the letter said.

May, who will meet with her cabinet on Tuesday, also faces major hurdles when her latest gambit is put to a test in a vote expected in the Commons later in the day.

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