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Brexit Again In Stalemate; Parliament Fails to Find a Backup

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Brexit Again In Stalemate; Parliament Fails to Find a Backup

Britain was no closer to solving the anarchy surrounding its exit from the European Union after parliament was unsuccessful on Monday to find a majority of its own for an alternative to the divorce deal that was presented by Prime Minister Theresa May.

After a hectic week in which May’s divorce scheme was dismissed by legislators for a third time, in spite of her offer to resign if it’s passed; thereby, the future course of Brexit remains enmeshed in confusion.

In an endeavour to break the stalemate, legislators on Monday voted on four last-minute alternate Brexit options for what is the United Kingdom’s most wide-ranging policy change since Second World War.

The choice that came near to getting a majority was a suggestion to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU, which was crushed by three votes.

A suggestion to hold an ancillary poll on any deal got the most votes but was crushed by 292-280. The government is strongly opposed to both of these: the first, because it would indicate giving up the freedom to make independent trade deals that many of her eurosceptic legislators long for; the second, because May stated that it would mislead the voters who were vowed that the result of the 2016 polling would be enforced, and likely solve nothing.

Steven Barclay, Brexit minister stated that after the results were declared that the default position was still that Britain would depart the EU on 12th April without a divorce deal – the nightmare context for many international businesses. He told that the only alternate is to find a way that would permit the UK to leave the bloc with a deal.

He indicated that May might put her deal for a fourth vote this week with the expectation of gaining an orderly exit before European elections are held from 23rd May onwards – a fickle complexity that May’s government is resolved to bypass.

Sterling fell almost 1% to $1.3048 as per the vote results read out by the speaker, John Bercow. The third defeat of May’s withdrawal agreement on 29th March (Friday) – the date Britain was originally due to leave the EU – has left one of the weakest British leaders in a generation facing a spiralling crisis.

 

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