Final blow to May’s premiership as Brexit deal rejected again

Sunday, 31 Mar, 2019

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. With time running out, if this chaos continues, we may have to think more seriously about the scenario of a no-deal Brexit.

"This is the only deal possible", says European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

The 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union revealed a United Kingdom divided over many more issues, and has provoked impassioned debate about everything from secession and immigration to capitalism, empire and what it means to be British.

The withdrawal agreement allows for a long transition period which would temporarily maintain the status quo to give individuals and businesses time to adapt to the future Britain-EU relationship.

Sky News political editor Faisal Islam said a delegation of ministers went to Downing Street after the vote to urge the PM to reject a softer Brexit and go for no deal.

"In view of the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons, I have chose to call a European Council on 10 April", tweeted Tusk, the head of the Council who coordinates summits.

United Kingdom lawmakers plan to hold a series of votes Monday in an attempt to find a new plan.

However, while over 80 percent of MPs were elected on Brexit manifestos, the vast majority of them are former Remainers, and they have expressed their opposition to a No Deal exit in any circumstances.

The Prime Minister may now seek another, longer extension to Britain's exit from the European Union, but it isn't clear if May will be allowed to remain in power long enough to continue driving the process - not that a new general election would bring any near-term certainty to the Brexit fiasco.

"We should be doing everything we can to leave the European Union in good order as quickly as we can, as we said in our manifesto and as we've said to Parliament", Mr Lewis said.

But government sources have not ruled out a run-off between whichever proves most popular and the PM's Brexit plan.

"The risk of a no-deal Brexit is very real", Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte told journalists right after the vote in London.

"Parliament will continue this process on Monday and we've got to look at all the options".

She warned that if the deal failed, then any additional delay to Brexit would probably be a long one.

With the prime minister one of the walking dead identified by her anonymous cabinet member, Labour's nominally "left" leader Jeremy Corbyn is working assiduously to ensure that the gravest crisis facing British imperialism in its peacetime history is resolved through the worm-eaten parliamentary system and its rotten parties, which represent warring pro- and anti-EU factions of the ruling elite, with the working class left as spectators.

May will spend this weekend trying to plot a way out of the UK's Brexit stalemate, but with just two weeks left to the new deadline, she - and the House of Commons - are running out of options, Jane Merrick argued in a piece for CNN.

May's spokesman said she would press on with talks with opponents of the deal.

Dominic Raab resigned as Brexit secretary in November, but said Friday he was voting for May's withdrawal agreement in part so Britain doesn't have to field candidates in upcoming European Parliament elections.

This vagueness has led to a democratic deficit today: politicians have been taking huge liberties with both the result of the 2016 referendum (which, let's not forget was a relatively close 52% to 48%) and the result of the 2017 election and interpreting both for their own ends - claiming that the British public wants a certain type of Brexit. But that doesn't mean it isn't highly likely to happen - according to bookies Betfair, an election before Brexit takes place is an odds-on bet.