Theresa May plans to let MPs vote on other European Union withdrawal plans

Clay Curtis
December 19, 2018

"That's why it is more important than ever that the devolved administrations get behind this deal and listen to businesses and industry bodies across all four nations who have been clear that it provides the certainty they need".

The British government on Tuesday (18 December) said it was allocating two billion pounds (€2.78 billion) to fund Brexit and putting 3,500 troops on stand-by after ministers agreed to make no-deal planning "an operational priority".

One option is the prime minister's own Brexit deal, but that is hanging by a thread after she was forced to pull a vote on it last week in the face of huge opposition from within her own Conservative Party.

Despite the "fuss and noise" about Commons motions ruling out a no-deal Brexit or demanding a second ballot, any amendments to the "meaningful vote" on Mrs May's deal would have no legal force, said Mr Baker.

The European Commission has triggered an action plan to protect EU citizens and businesses from "major disruption" if the United Kingdom crashes out without a deal on March 29.

Businesses will be provided with a 100-plus page online pack to help them prepare and emails will be sent out to 80,000 of those most like to be affected over the next few days.

Speaking after the Cabinet agreed to step up no-deal preparation, Mr Barclay said: "Parliament needs to back the deal because the outcome of not doing so is we risk the default of no-deal and a responsible government must prepare for that eventuality".

Mr Sweeney, said:"The Prime Minister is now running the clock down to get people to vote for the deal or no deal".

The European Commission’s Berlaymont HQ in Brussels
The European Commission’s Berlaymont HQ in Brussels

The Commission added: "These measures will not - and can not - mitigate the overall impact of a no-deal scenario".

And advice to private individuals will be issued over the coming weeks through adverts, websites and direct communications.

Britain's politicians and people have "dropped the vase" over Brexit and left the country in chaos, one of Theresa May's closest European Union allies has said.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte compared his own country to a "fragile vase" but said on this side of the channel the vase has been "dropped". However, it is becoming clear the chaotic shambles around the Prime Minister's deal on the table is moving us towards a position that will cause significant disruption, risking jobs and people's livelihoods.

The statement comes following the news that the government is ramping up preparations for a no-deal scenario.

The group also said it is "appalled" that transition arrangements have been made for financial services and transport but not for people.

"We're in a really desperate situation at the moment whereby we're about to fall off a no-deal Brexit cliff edge".

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