No-deal Brexit fear renewed, as United Kingdom parliament sinks May’s deal

No-deal Brexit fear renewed, as United Kingdom parliament sinks May’s deal

Kerry Wise
April 1, 2019

More than 100 Tory MPs have also signed a letter calling on May to rule out a long extension to Britain's European Union membership, even if that means backing a no-deal Brexit.

May had promised to resign if her deal was passed.

After one of the most tumultuous weeks in British politics since the 2016 referendum, it was still uncertain how, when or even if the United Kingdom will ever leave the bloc it first joined 46 years ago. The Sun newspaper reported that 170 of her 314 Conservative lawmakers had sent her a letter demanding that Brexit take place in the next few months - deal or no deal.

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said she remained "confident" the government could deliver Brexit, adding that "we have to keep trying".

Thousands of flag-waving protesters gathered outside Parliament on Friday to accuse MPs of betraying Brexit, holding up signs saying "Give Our kingdom back" and "Free Britain now".

Nearly three years after Britain voted in June 2016 to leave the European Union, and two years after it set its departure date for March 29, 2019, British politicians remain deadlocked over Brexit.

The vote came on the day the United Kingdom was supposed to leave the European Union, something hundreds of people who voted to leave the European Union marked with a noisy protest outside parliament as MPs voted.

Her comments sparked speculation she might call an election as the only way to break the impasse, something opposition parties have called for.

The chairman of British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party said all options were on the table for how to get Britain out of its Brexit impasse but that seeking a customs union with the European Union would be hard.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May would have to look closely at pursuing a customs union with the European Union if parliament votes for it, justice minister David Gauke said on Sunday. "The U.K.'s reputation, people's jobs and livelihoods are at stake".

Nigel Farage - the politician widely thought to have done the most to spook Britain's then government into agreeing to hold the referendum - addressed the crowd at the end of a 270-mile (435 km), two-week march from Sunderland, northeast England, to London.

"I don't think an election would solve anything".

"If we do not vote for this motion today, people will ask: 'Why did you not vote for Brexit?'"

He said: "I'm convinced at that after spending a lot of time meeting with and talking to officials in Europe".

In a separate rally up the street, far-right agitator Tommy Robinson roused supporters with a speech attacking politicians and the media. Propped on the stage beside him was a coffin with May's face on it and the word "democracy".

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on 30 March.

Later in the evening there was a small stand-off between Robinson supporters and police, as around 100 supporters protested outside May's office shouting "We want Brexit!" One man has been arrested for assaulting a police officer.

Numerous day's marchers predicted the political elite will be punished if it fails to fully sever ties with Brussels. Get us out on the 12th of April.