Things fall apart as Brexit paralysis grips Britain
London, April 2, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Brexit paralysis gripping Britain deepened on Monday night after MPs for the second time in one week again rejected all four options on the table.
And With just 10 days to go until Brexit, PM May heads into a crunch Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to thrash out the future of Britain with the European Union without any clear options with Scottish elected MPs threatening to resume independence struggle
Seconds after MPs rejected the alternatives, a tearful Conservative MP Nick Boles resigned from his party’s whip on the floor of the House of Commons after getting frustrated at the lock-jam
Four alternative plans, designed to establish what kind of Brexit has a chance of winning a majority in the House of Commons, were voted down by MPs on Monday evening.
They included a “Norway-plus” plan for close UK engagement with the EU after Brexit, or Common Market 2.0, proposed by Conservative Nick Boles
The other defeated motions included Tory grandee Kenneth Clarke’s plan for a customs union, Labour backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson’s demand for a referendum on any Brexit deal passed by Parliament, and SNP MP Joanna Cherry’s call for Brexit to be cancelled if the UK appears to be on course to crash out of the EU without a deal.
The closest to passing was Mr Clarke’s motion, which was defeated by just three votes, 276 to 273.
The customs union went down by 292 votes in 280 while the proposal to block no-deal Brexit lost by 292 votes to 191.
Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay told MPs that the default outcome was now a no-deal Brexit on April 12, but said it was still possible to leave with a deal and avoid holding European Parliament elections in May if the Commons approves an agreement this week.
Mr Barclay told MPs: “This House has continuously rejected leaving without a deal, just as it has rejected not leaving at all.
As the crisis continues, European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator has warned that Britain will ‘face the abyss’ if it fails to break the deadlock in the Commons.
Mr Verhofstadt said a hard Brexit has become “nearly inevitable” as MPs remain undecided on the best way forward.
Tweeting following Monday night’s votes, he wrote: “The House of Commons again votes against all options.
“A hard Brexit becomes nearly inevitable. On Wednesday, the UK has a last chance to break the deadlock or face the abyss.”
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Backbench MPs will on Wednesday again take charge of the Commons timetable to consider Brexit plans under Tory MP Sir Oliver Letwin’s scheme to break the Parliamentary deadlock.