Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

German foreign minister: Brexit vote 'reckless'

German foreign minister: Brexit vote 'reckless'

She won some last minute concessions from European Union negotiators on Monday to try and get a majority of the House of Commons on board with her plan, but her own attorney general made it clear the changes were effectively cosmetic, and would not give the United Kingdom the legal power to cut loose of the European Union unilaterally if negotiations drag on.

But many pro-Brexit lawmakers still believe the agreement keeps the United Kingdom bound too closely to the European Union and said they plan to vote against it, including Northern Ireland's DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) which is propping up the minority Conservative government.

Instead of endorsing the new guarantees on the Irish border backstop, Cox said the risk that it will trap Britain inside the European Union customs regime indefinitely was still there.

If the "no-deal" option is voted down, the government is planning another Commons vote on Thursday on whether or not to request a Brexit delay.

"In light of our own legal analysis and others, we do not recommend accepting the government's motion today", group member Bill Cash said.

"The belated, cack-handed way in which the government has handled its no-deal planning is one of the main reasons why many businesses will not be prepared for this outcome by 29 March", Renison said.

"The impasse can only be solved in the UK". And no indication that Britain is any closer to knowing what it wants from Brexit.

The Northern Ireland party, which props up May's minority administration in the Commons, said its 10 MPs would vote against the latest deal as "sufficient progress has not been achieved at this time". We have the withdrawal agreement, it is there.

British lawmakers, who on January 15 voted 432-202 against May's deal, will vote at 1900 GMT.

Earlier, Brexiteers seized on new legal advice from the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, which confirmed that Britain could still be trapped in the arrangement for years after it had formally left the 28-nation bloc. Politicians of every hue must overcome their differences and make avoiding a no-deal Brexit the absolute priority, starting with the vote in Parliament tomorrow.

The European Research Group said the verdict of its "Star Chamber" set up to analyse the assurances was that they did not deliver legally binding changes to the Brexit deal or the Irish backstop and did not provide an exit mechanism over which Britain had control.

"I am very, very suspicious and concerned about the time scale", Conservative lawmaker Andrew Bridgen said. "Comments from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have not been encouraging for May to secure the majority she needs".

The price of Britain's most popular cars could jump by hundreds of pounds within weeks after ministers unveiled their emergency tariff plans for a no-deal Brexit.

It is called the Malthouse compromise because it was put together by Conservative minister Kit Malthouse, but it has been tabled in the name of former Conservative minister Damian Green.

A delay in Brexit, possibly of nearly three months to late May, is now seen by both ministers and the opposition as almost certain. "There is no alternative".

A spokesperson for European Council President Donald Tusk said MPs second rejection of the agreed withdrawal plan "significantly increased" the risk of a "no-deal" divorce. It is what you do with this second chance that counts.

But it has proven to be a major stumbling block in Britain's quest for a divorce deal. May's warning in a tweet, saying: "Today is our Hotel California moment". It would need to pass an Act of Parliament to do so, which without a public vote instructing parliament to do so is a total non-starter. In the staunchly pro-Brexit port of Dover in southern England, retiree Mary Simpson said she felt that her voice as a "leave" voter had not been heard.

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