United Kingdom parliament rejects Theresa May’s European Union deal again

Clay Curtis
March 13, 2019

May's fellow Conservative Members of Parliament is a blow to the Prime Minister and it means that her Brexit deal is likely to be defeated by MPs in a vote scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

"The EU has done everything it can to help get the Withdrawal Agreement over the line", Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said after the House of Commons vote.

May said the government would not instruct her own party's lawmakers how to vote, as would normally be the case.

The new levies, to be imposed from the day after a March 29 Brexit if MPs vote for a no-deal withdrawal, would force up prices on European Union imports including cars and many food products.

MPs will vote on whether to leave the European Union without a deal on Wednesday after comprehensively rejecting the PM's withdrawal agreement on Tuesday night.

May has given lawmakers in her party a free vote, and investors expect parliament will vote against a no-deal Brexit - which most economists say would cause significant harm to the economy.

Some British lawmakers had warned their Brexit-backing colleagues that rejecting the deal could lead to Britain's departure being postponed indefinitely, because a delay would give momentum to opponents of withdrawal. The financial consequences of a no-deal Brexit are well versed and politicians must now act to prevent this from becoming a reality for businesses and households across the country.

Recognising the unique social, political and economic circumstances of Northern Ireland, the UK Government would not introduce any new checks or controls on goods moving from Ireland to Northern Ireland in a no deal scenario, including no customs declarations for normal goods.

Steve Turner, Unite's assistant general secretary for manufacturing, said: "Reducing tariffs to zero on the majority of imports, including steel, in the event of a no-deal Brexit would destroy jobs and leave United Kingdom manufacturers competing with both hands tied behind their backs".

"If we leave without a deal, we will set the majority of our import tariffs to zero, whilst maintaining tariffs for the most sensitive industries".

"The impasse can only be solved in the UK".

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Secretary of State Karen Bradley said they would be "temporary" and recognise "the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland".

Now 993 days after the referendum, and with just 17 days before Brexit, Brits are still in the dark about when or if we will ever leave the EU.

Anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray, center, protests outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 12, 2019, ahead of a second major vote on the government's Brexit deal.

"We think it will be the opportunity cost associated with rejecting the existing withdrawal agreement that begins to bind on the deal's detractors", Goldman Sachs strategists said in a note.

Nonetheless, May defended her plan as a good deal compared to a series of unattractive alternatives.

The Government insisted the arrangements will not create a border down the Irish Sea.

"In politics, sometimes you get a second chance". May's warning in a tweet, saying: "Today is our Hotel California moment".

May herself has warned that another vote against her plan would dramatically increase the chances of a potentially catastrophic "no-deal" Brexit - an exit without any agreement in place with Europe - or a delayed Brexit, or possibly even no Brexit at all.

May's fellow Conservative parliamentarian Bob Seely underscored Mrs.

More than two and a half years after the country voted to leave the European Union - and with no certainty about when or how it will - many Britons are simply fed up. Ms May said the House of Commons will debate the improved deal on Wednesday. "It's time that we have a general election and the people can choose who their government should be", he said.

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