CONFUSION OVER BREXIT STILL REIGNS

15 March 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

GB TARIFFS IN EVENT OF A NO DEAL
WOULD BE DISASTROUS: IFA CHIEF

Michael Fisher

With just fifteen days left before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, three crucial votes in the House of Commons this week (one of them yesterday, Wednesday evening) mean that the whole issue of Brexit remains clouded in confusion.

In last night’s vote British MPs supported an amendment to reject a no-deal Brexit at any time in any scenario by 312 votes to 308, a majority of just four. This paves the way for a request to delay Brexit but also deals a further blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy.

MPs will vote today on an extension to Article 50, which could involve a short delay to implement a deal agreed in the next few days or a longer delay if no agreement is reached. The motion on delaying Article 50 sets out that the government will seek an extension until June 30, said UK parliament speaker John Bercow.

The motion also says that if parliament does not pass a deal by March 29, it is highly likely that the European Council will require a clear purpose for the extension. A European Commission spokesperson said: “We take note of the votes in the House of Commons this evening. There are only two ways to leave the EU: with or without a deal. The EU is prepared …

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