Hard border in Ireland if no Brexit deal: European Union spokesman

Hard border in Ireland if no Brexit deal: European Union spokesman

Troy Powers
January 23, 2019

After May's Brexit deal was rejected by lawmakers last week, the biggest defeat in modern British history, Labour put forward an amendment seeking to force the government to give parliament time to consider and vote on options to prevent a "no deal" exit - a course May has repeatedly refused to rule out.

Pro and anti Brexit protesters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament (Picture: PA) There was little indication of compromise, with the Prime Minister once again ruling out a second referendum and an extension to Article 50 but stopping short of announcing an adjustment to her position.

Her comments represent another indication that the UK's troubled divorce from the European Union will need more time.

An amendment, previously adopted by the legislators, states that May has to work out a new plan of action in just 10 weeks, before the country is set to exit the European Union on 29 March 2019.

Offering an "enhanced role" for devolved administrations, Mrs May said she would hold meetings with Nicola Sturgeon and the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford this week.

Mr Corbyn said the amendment allowed MPs "to end this Brexit deadlock" and prevent the "chaos" of leaving the European Union without a deal.

One of the proposals would enable MPs to debate and vote on Brexit issues, giving them far greater influence over government strategy.

Mr Dodds said the details on how progress could be made were being discussed but that it was not "useful to give too much of a running comment on the details".

Rebecca Long-Bailey said the party has not committed to a second referendum.

The move was welcomed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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Britain's political impasse over Brexit is fueling concerns that the country may crash out of the European Union on March 29 with no agreement in place to cushion the shock.

But rather than woo opposition lawmakers and risk splitting her own Conservative Party, May seems to have calculated that it's better to try to win over the rebels in her party - more than a third of Tories voted against Plan A - and the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland that props up her minority government.

In a break from usual parliamentary rules, MPs will be able to amend the so-called "neutral motion" tabled by the Prime Minister on Brexit, with votes due to take place on amendments chosen by Speaker John Bercow on January 29.

As "taking No Deal off the table" is a cross-party priority, former Labour minister Yvette Cooper's amendment crafted by Nick Boles would delay Article 50, thereby averts No Deal at the end of March. "Now we must at last find out what they want", he said.

But she promised Parliament a "proper say" in the next stage of negotiations on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and EU.

As it stands, the United Kingdom risks leaving without a deal and suffering immediate consequences, such as delays in overseas trade, new tariffs and long lineups at ports of entry.

"This is a major climb-down from a Prime Minister desperately looking to detract attention from her continued failure to make progress achieving a deal", Mr McDonald said. PM May acknowledged that after her Brexit deal failed to pass, the government's approach had to change and has since been working with a variety of political leaders of the House of Commons aiming to gain additional support for a deal.

"The #GFA is an global peace treaty, lodged with the @UN - it also has a mandate of 94% in Ireland and 71% in Northern Ireland".

May´s Downing Street office has called them "extremely concerning".