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Theresa May Will Give Parliament a Chance to Delay Brexit if They Reject Withdrawal Plan

Theresa May Will Give Parliament a Chance to Delay Brexit if They Reject Withdrawal Plan

May’s withdrawal agreement will come to a vote on March 12.

The United Kingdom is supposed to leave the European Union next month, but even after two years of negotiations and talks, it may not happen on time.

This is why British Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament if the members reject her Brexit deal on March 12, she will give them an opportunity to vote “on 13 March on leaving with no deal.” If the members reject that, the members can “vote on 14 March for an extension to Article 50.”

May wrote in the The Daily Mail on Wednesday that she believes the UK can leave the EU by the March 29 deadline as she has found headway with EU leaders:

The UK and EU are working towards a joint work-stream to develop alternative arrangements to ensure the absence of a hard border in Northern Ireland, in parallel with our negotiations on the future relationship.

We are doing our own ministerial-led work – supported by civil service resources and with £20 million of government funding – to help develop, test and pilot proposals which can form part of these alternative arrangements.

We are also continuing to hold detailed discussions on the legal changes that are required to guarantee that the Northern Ireland backstop cannot endure indefinitely.

May asked Parliament to “do its duty so that our country can move forward.” She personally does not want to see Article 50 extended and leave the EU with a deal that gives the UK “the best of both worlds: a close relationship with our nearest neighbours and the chance to make the most of our talents and resources by building new relationships with growing economies around the world.”

Here are the remarks and analysis of May’s words to Parliament on Tuesday. From the BBC:

The prime minister said she will put her withdrawal agreement – including any changes she has agreed with the EU – to a meaningful vote by 12 March.

If that fails, MPs will be offered two separate votes:

  • One, on the following day, on whether MPs support a no-deal Brexit – so the UK would “only leave without a deal on 29 March if there is explicit consent in the House for that outcome”
  • If that fails, then MPs will get a vote by 14 March on requesting an extension to the two-year Article 50 negotiation process to delay EU withdrawal beyond 29 March

“Let me be clear, I do not want to see Article 50 extended,” she told MPs.

“Our absolute focus should be on working to get a deal and leaving on 29 March.”

Any extension should not go beyond the end of June and “would almost certainly have to be a one-off”, she added.

Mrs May said an extension “cannot take no deal off the table”, adding: “The only way to do that is to revoke Article 50, which I shall not do, or agree a deal.”

However, in order to extend Article 50, the UK needs “unanimous backing of the other 27 EU member states and, she said, she had not had conversations about it with them.”

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire for saying that his party would support a second “referendum if the party can’t get its own Brexit proposals through Parliament on Wednesday.” From The Independent:

Brexiteers on his own benches warned the move could cause “catastrophic” damage to support in Labour heartlands and acted as a “distraction” to finding a way out of the Brexit chaos.

However Brexit-backing MP John Mann said the move would be “catastrophic to Labour in the midlands and the north”.

The Bassetlaw MP told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “Voters won’t have it. The last person to renege on their manifesto was Nick Clegg – it didn’t end very well for him on tuition fees.

“Our manifesto was unambiguous, we would accept the result of the referendum. A second referendum doesn’t do that and the voters – in very, very large numbers – will not accept that.”


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I must admit, I have no sense of what is going on over there. It may be time for Oliver Cromwell to take control of things.

UnCivilServant | February 27, 2019 at 9:32 am

No, Theresa. No delay, no vassalage to the EU. Just leave.

The UK and EU are working towards a joint work-stream to develop alternative arrangements to ensure the absence of a hard border in Northern Ireland

This is the part which is simply impossible. Like drawing a triangle with four sides—by definition, it can’t be done. There is no possible way a border with the EU on one side and non-EU on the other can be seamless.

    Anything can be negotiated, but only if the parties involved want to.

      tom_swift in reply to Edward. | February 27, 2019 at 12:51 pm

      No negotiation short of, essentially, surrender will do it. Either Northern Ireland has to become something functionally indistinguishable from the EU (which means the hard border would be between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK), or the Republic has to essentially abandon the EU. And there’s zero chance that either is going to do anything like that. The North is ultra-sensitive about anything separating it from the rest of the UK, and has been for centuries; don’t look for compromise there. To them, any such thing would be step towards abandonment and reabsorption into the rest of Ireland, and they won’t consider it. And the Republic has been ultra-sensitive about any appearance of knuckling under to the UK, and has been since it became a Republic; so no change is realistically in sight there, either. No, a hard border is inevitable. And they all know it. So this excitement about avoiding something they know is inescapable is just a delaying tactic by those who want to sabotage Brexit.

      mailman in reply to Edward. | February 28, 2019 at 10:17 am

      This is the point everyone is missing. ANYTHING is possible if both sides want it to be possible.

      There could EASILY be no hard border but for that to happen the EU has to want it to happen. As far as the EU is concerned there is no need for no hard border because that doesn’t suite their actual plan, which is to make withdrawal as painful as possible to serve as a warning to anyone else wanting to leave.

    alaskabob in reply to tom_swift. | February 27, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    I didn’t realize the IRA has representative status in EU!

If May blinks on hard Brexit she will get even less form the EU who knows she can’t stomach a showdown over leaving. If she thinks her postion is too weak now it will get worse and so will things for her as the EU will treat her like their slave and negotiatiate in that fashion.

The EU isn’t going to make it easy for a net contributor to leave. How are the takers going to survive if the makers decide they’ve had enough.

She will try as hard as she can to delay, delay, delay until she and those opposed to Brexit can prevent Brexit completely.

But not Cromwell, or even a very, very close facsimile. Then again a Cromwell would not only suppress the Catholics, but probably put the Muslims to the torch. OK, maybe only dismembering.

    Edward in reply to Edward. | February 27, 2019 at 11:02 am

    That should have been a reply to Phil.

    alaskabob in reply to Edward. | February 27, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    There was more to the “threat” from Roman Catholicism in a military sense….but in reality the Church of England is faux-Catholicism…. The King or Queen of England were never going to live up to the requirement of being the Vicar of Christ. (A problem now facing the Church of Rome)

JusticeDelivered | February 27, 2019 at 11:17 am

The EU bureaucracy has turned into a monster. Especially as it relates to Muslims. The UK should just exit, no agreement. If the EU tries to punish the UK, America should give the UK a favored status, while degrading the status of anyone trying to force the UK to continue with the EU. We should probably do the same for any other country which wants to exit the EU.

As I see it, many of the EU countries are users, the UK has much in common with us and has been a better friend.

May is a duplicitous or stupid ass. She is a Remainer. Brexit will work best if it is a clean and complete break. The EU is falling apart and will tumble faster w/o England.

How lost is the EU? They think they can build an army! How do you build an army our of cowards? Albion! Get away from these clowns! Save yourself!

I pray the deadline comes and that Brexit is hard, which is what the people voted for. They wanted out, not out with puppet strings attached.

PM May’s going her utmost best to blow up #Brexit

May is a complete failure, another tool of the Globalists. Just get out as your citizens demanded.

The members can vote for an extension to Article 50 all they like, it will not gain them one.

Note: Never ask anyone to create legislation for a position with which they vehemently disagree.

I think Brexit knocked the H out of Theresa May.