UK politics in turmoil as MPs debate Brexit delay

| 14/03/2019 | 15 Comments
Cayman News Service

Theresa May in Parliament, 13 March 2019

(CNS): British politics remained in turmoil Thursday as MPs began debating a delay to leave the European Union on the scheduled date of 29 March after they voted against a ‘no deal’ Brexit in the House of Commons on Wednesday. But the series of votes yesterday led to more resignations and rebellions from Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet. There is still no consensus in parliament for how the UK should extricate itself from its four decade relationship with the EU, and despite the consistent opposition to her deal, May appears set to try again next week.

It is now just two weeks before the UK was supposed to part company with its European partners, but with the thumping defeat of May’s deal and the rejection of a ‘no deal’ Brexit by MPs, the House of Commons began debating a motion that would pave the way for the UK government to ask the other 27 European Union countries for more time, despite two years of talks.

As the Conservative government and to an extent the opposition Labour Party continue to be ripped apart by the significant divisions over the Brexit issue, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has begun urging the prime minister to consider a softer Brexit to end the impasse, which would see the UK remain in the European customs union and the single market.

There is more cross support in the parliament for such a move, which is backed by Labour, the Scottish Nationalists and many Conservatives.

Politicians are voting on a potential short delay until the end of June to allow May to continue pressing her failed deal, or a longer delay to reconsider the whole approach.

The Labour Party is tabling amendments to the government motion to use a Brexit delay to give parliament time “to find a majority for a different approach”, and others have tabled amendments for the government to use a delay to prepare for a second referendum on leaving the EU.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    May has been pandering too much to the far right of her party and the basic racist mob that tipped the vote to leave in the first place.

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    • Anonymous says:

      You mean people like James Cleverly MP … voted Leave and he is black. Brexit is not about race.

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      • Anonymous says:

        I believe the term is “doing a Candace”. Denying a movement that resonates with racists and plays to it is racist because one can point to one black supporter.

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    • Anonymous says:

      You are clearly a racists by using the concept of racism in general terms to bully and are not giving specific instances where racism has occurred. What a convoluted and hideous observation.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Just some bumps in the road back to a country regaining its identity after years of importing cheap labor and criminal cultures.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Just heard someone saying how on earth can they administer us, and look after our own international interests with such incompetence? They clearly don’t know what they are doing.

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    • Anonymous says:

      No matter the incompetence of the current leadership of the U.K. it will still never be as incompetent as Cayman. Let’s have a 50 storey tower …. but let’s ignore sorting out the dump.

      • Anonymous says:

        12:12, You are so right. But you should have said also, a 50 storey tower, and addeded a $300 million dollar port and yes ……. ignore sorting out the dump.

        Pure political leadership insanity. Please Cayman, WAKE UP PEOPLE.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The creator of several ‘banana republics” truly shows what it really is – the mother of all such republics!

    Shambolic displays of incompetence all around in that “mother of all parliaments”.

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