British PM Theresa May Says Impossible To Rule Out No-Deal Brexit

Muriel Colon
January 18, 2019

And he added: "The poll suggests that fewer than one in four voters oppose a fresh referendum on the grounds that it would be a rerun of the 2016 vote: just 22% in the case of a Remain versus Government deal referendum, 23% in the case of a Remain versus No Deal referendum".

Passage of primary legislation would take around seven months, while Electoral Commission testing of the question would require 12 weeks, the document says.

Corbyn said May had sent Britain hurtling towards the cliff edge of a sudden exit on March 29 with no transition period, and urged her to ditch her "red lines".

It came after the Department of Transport devised a plan to send 150 trucks to test the Dover crossing in a Brexit rehearsal during a Monday rush hour.

Mr Corbyn said the Government must take the option of a no-deal divorce from the European Union off the table before any negotiations could begin.

The motion was brought by Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn after Mrs May's proposed Brexit deal was defeated by the largest margin in Commons history - 230 votes - on Tuesday evening (local time). "The reason a no-deal Brexit is so scary is because tariffs on everything are highly punitive under WTO (World Trade Organization) rules", said Andrew Jackson, head of fixed income at fund manager Hermes Investment Management.

It is understood the order is not in response to any particular concern, and that the Ministry of Defence has not received any request for troops to be used by any other Government departments in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The Leave campaign "lied to the people and what they [the public] have chosen is not possible", French President Emmanuel Macron said this week, referring to the rosy picture Brexit campaigners first painted of leaving the EU.

Legislators ripped up May's Brexit blueprint Tuesday by rejecting the divorce agreement she has negotiated with the European Union over the last two years.

"Good luck to the representatives of the nation who have to implement something that doesn't exist", Macron said.

Mr Boles's EU Withdrawal (Number 2) Bill aims to put Parliament in control of the Brexit process, demanding an extension to the Article 50 process to allow negotiations to continue beyond the scheduled date of Brexit on March 29. Critics said this meant May was not budging from the deal that had alienated all sides in parliament.

"It should be left there, it's a central point of a negotiating strategy".

France's emergency decrees will allow British workers and retirees living in France to continue staying there for a year after March 29 - but only if the British government agrees to do the same for French citizens in the United Kingdom.

Their intervention comes after a group of 71 Labour MPs and 13 MEPs signed a letter backing a second referendum. The United Kingdom and Ireland are now part of the same European Union economy and the border between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland is practically invisible. And finally, even if a second referendum were to take place, it is not clear that the result would be different.

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