Publicado: Vie, Marcha 15, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

British PM May to go to Strasbourg to break Brexit impasse

British PM May to go to Strasbourg to break Brexit impasse

They will vote again on Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal deal and, if they reject that, will vote to either leave the bloc with no agreement or delay Brexit.

May has promised Britain will leave the European Union whatever happens on March 29, but many MPs fear that a "no deal" exit would wreak economic havoc.

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The EU is frustrated at what it sees as the inability of Britain's weak and divided government to lay out a clear vision for Brexit.

Even her voice was nearly gone.

"This is an issue of grave importance for the future of our country", a hoarse Prime Minister told MPs following the defeat, adding that the government would today publish information on essential policies to be implemented if the United Kingdom leaves without a deal.

That could leave big parties like the Tories and Labour vulnerable in future elections, he continued.

He said May's "mantra of "my deal or no deal" needs to be dead and buried tonight".

The new system would mean 82 percent of imports from the European Union would be tariff-free, down from all of them now, while 92 percent of imports from the rest of the world would pay no duties at the border, up from 56 percent now.

"But we will do all we can to support people and businesses across Northern Ireland in the event that we leave without a deal".

May could go to Strasbourg, France, on Monday, where the bloc's executive European Commission and the European Parliament hold sessions this week.

British lawmakers rejected May's Brexit deal in a 391-242 vote on Tuesday night.

Brexit-supporting lawmakers said they would look at what May achieves but that she would have to show a clear way for the backstop to end.

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The UK has been seeking changes to the Irish backstop, an insurance policy created to maintain an open border on the island of Ireland between UK territory Northern Ireland and European Union member-state - the Republic of Ireland.

Sky's political correspondent Tamara Cohen says tariffs will apply to 13 percent of the goods.

May s initial deal was struck after 18 months of tough negotiations, and covers Britain s financial settlement, expatriate rights, the Irish border and plans for a transition period.

"Potentially it is going to be a nightmare", said Michael Eddy, a district councilor who lives in the aptly named town of Deal, a few miles from the major Channel port of Dover on England's south coast. "Reject it and no one knows what will happen", she said.

"Is this incompetence or is this just contempt for parliament?" said opposition Labour MP Yvette Cooper.

But Mrs May's official spokesman confirmed it remains the plan to stage the "meaningful vote" on the Brexit deal on Tuesday.

Anti Brexit billboards on the northern side of the border between Newry in Northern Ireland and Dundalk in the Republic of Ireland as Theresa May is to make her first visit to the Irish border since the Brexit referendum. "Please make up your minds in London, because this uncertainty can not continue".

If her deal is defeated, May has said she will give lawmakers a vote on Wednesday on leaving without a deal on March 29.

May has secured "legally binding changes" which improve the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington, who May's de facto deputy, told the British parliament.

"Whoever rejects the (Brexit) agreement plays with the welfare of their citizens and the economy in a reckless way", he said.

May hoped the changes would be enough to overturn the 230-vote margin of defeat for the deal in January.

"No policy on tariffs can come close to compensating for the disruption, cost and job losses that would result", said Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Many Britons wish they could share his optimism.

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