LONDON - Britain's parliament last month demanded Prime Minister Theresa May renegotiate a Brexit divorce deal that the other members of the European Union say they will not reopen. With just over six weeks until the United Kingdom is due by law to leave the EU, the options include a disorderly Brexit, a delay to Brexit or no Brexit at all. Below is a summary of what is due to happen next: VOTES IN PARLIAMENT - FEB. 14 Parliament will hold a Brexit debate on Thursday. It will be on a motion which states that parliament welcomes May's latest update on her progress in seeking changes to the agreement, and reaffirms its support for a vote on Jan. 29 that she should seek to renegotiate the part of the deal relating to the future of the Ireland-Northern Ireland border. This is not expected to be a crunch point in which lawmakers attempt to wrest control of the process away from the government, however, as May has promised that parliament will have another chance to express its opinion. If … [Read more...] about News Through the Brexit Looking Glass: What happens next?
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LONDON: A memorandum leaked from within the British government gives a taste of a possible finale to the Brexit drama: Prime Minister Theresa May hails a deal in just over 10 days, supporters cheer as arranged, and the pact is put to a vote in parliament on Nov 27.May's office dismissed the document, which was published on Tuesday by the BBC, and said the poor spelling and childish language indicated it did not represent government thinking, though a spokesman did not explicitly deny the document was genuine.Less than five months before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on Mar 29, a deal is nearly done, but officials have repeatedly cautioned they are still haggling over the Irish border issue.According to the communications memorandum, headed "Brexit Communications Grid Summary", May's cabinet was to review the deal on Nov 6, with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab announcing decisive progress on Nov 8.After a deal was clinched, leaders such as … [Read more...] about Leaked British memo gives a taste of PM May’s possible Brexit finale
By Heather Mallick Star Columnist Fri., Aug. 24, 2018 Britain — nothing Great about it lately — is heading for a Brexit so self-destructive that it’s like a national case of sepsis. Every day brings worse news about how bad it’s going to be if there’s no deal with the European Union by March or even if there is a deal, how it will be a criminally hasty one. It will mean chaos. Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, I imagine reluctantly, has sent out 24 of 80 government papers on what life will look like if there is no EU deal — imagine bullet points but with actual bullets — and they’re dire in the extreme. I am plucking the strangest bits out of the BBC and Guardian summaries. They are extraordinary. The latest bombshell, unexploded until next spring, is the government request that medicine not be hoarded, neither by pharmacies nor patients. They will be kept at normal levels with an extra six weeks tacked … [Read more...] about Brexit is already taking the Great out of Britain
LONDON: Britain's ruling Conservatives were mired in divisions over Brexit Sunday ahead of a crunch cabinet meeting next week and following warnings from the EU that time is running out to reach a withdrawal deal. Just days after backbench lawmakers told Prime Minister Theresa May that its "departure must be absolute", Business Secretary Greg Clark refused to rule out indefinitely extending a transition period out of the EU. Under the current timetable the implementation period is set to end in December 2020, after Britain leaves the bloc next March. "It seems to me that any reasonable person would have to be guided by the facts and the evidence," Clark told Sky News. "There are things that would need to (be) put in place, computer systems for example, posts at the border," he added. Andrea Jenkyns, who quit a junior government role to campaign on Brexit, delivered a letter Friday to May signed by more than 30 Tories insisting the opposite. Calling on her to show "courage and … [Read more...] about Brexit divisions roil Tory party ahead of key cabinet meet
LONDON: Britain's Environment Secretary Michael Gove ripped up plans for possible future customs arrangements with the EU, according to reports Saturday, as tensions within the cabinet over Brexit continue to surface. Gove was reportedly "livid" and tore up the papers detailing Prime Minister Theresa May's preferred option for a future customs partnership with the European Union, after concluding his concerns about the proposals had been downplayed, the reports said. Gove, a leading proponent of Brexit, "physically ripped it up to show he wasn't prepared to accept the document as a summary of their discussions", The Sun newspaper reported. The account of the incident was later confirmed by the BBC, citing aides to the minister. May will gather together her warring ministers for a key Brexit summit on Friday to thrash out Britain's plans for issues including trade and customs after it leaves the EU next year, as pressure intensifies for them to agree to a unified stance. The cabinet, … [Read more...] about ‘Livid’ UK minister tears up PM’s favoured Brexit customs plan