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Three UK ministers throw weight behind Brexit delay to stop no-deal

 

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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Business Greg Clark is seen outside of Downing Street in London, Britain, February 19, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Three British cabinet ministers have publicly indicated they will back plans to delay Brexit if lawmakers vote down Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for a new deal with the European Union, writing a column in a national newspaper on Saturday.

 

Business minister Greg Clark, work and pensions minister Amber Rudd, and justice minister David Gauke signalled in a Daily Mail column that they will side with rebels and opposition parties next week to stop Britain leaving without a divorce deal on March 29 if necessary, adding their weight to calls for May to rule out a no-deal departure.

 

May is struggling against the clock to get a deal with Brussels on Britain's exit from the world's largest trading bloc that will pass parliamentary muster. She will meet European Council President Donald Tusk on the sidelines of an EU-League of Arab States summit on Sunday, but EU diplomats are not expecting any imminent breakthrough.

 

In the column headlined "If we don't get a deal next week we must delay Brexit", Clark, Rudd and Gauke wrote that a no-deal exit was a risk to business, security and British territorial unity, and accused some parliament colleagues of complacency.

 

"Far from Brexit resulting in a newly independent United Kingdom stepping boldly into the wider world, crashing out on March 29 would see us poorer, less secure and potentially splitting up," they said, referring to the threat of a new bid for Scottish independence.

 

"Our economy will be damaged severely both in the short and the long term. Costs will increase, businesses that rely on just-in-time supply chains will be severely disrupted and investment will be discouraged," they wrote.

 

The ministers called on members of the European Research Group, formed by Conservative pro-Brexit lawmakers, to back the government's deal in parliament or risk seeing Brexit delayed.

 

Both May's Conservatives and the main opposition Labour Party are formally committed to delivering Brexit. In recent days Labour has appeared to soften its stance on a second referendum, although May has ruled such an option out.

 

Lawmakers from both parties, however, are deeply split over how or even whether Britain will leave, and no majority has so far emerged in parliament for any comprehensive Brexit strategy.

 

May has promised that if she does not bring a revised deal back by Feb. 27, parliament will have an opportunity to vote on the next steps. Some lawmakers are expected to use that to try to wrest control of the process from the government.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-02-23

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15 minutes ago, vogie said:

There was a referendum for leave or remain, I believe a "no deal brexit" falls under the category of leave.

It only said leave, it didn’t say “leave, don’t don’t do any agreements with the EU”. So three MPs campaigning for a deal with the EU are not “overturning” any referendum result; in fact, they are doing the opposite, by campaigning for a post-leave deal with the EU they are clearly for leaving the EU as a post-leave deal with the EU is only relevant for the case of leaving, obviously. 

 

14 minutes ago, Loiner said:

Oh yes there was. 

No, there wasn’t. Brexiteers lying again. Despite the ballot paper clearly showing there wasn’t. Pathetic. 

 

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A 'deal' is a post-referendum invention of Remainers, in an effort to effectively stay in the EU.

Deals happen everywhere, it’s not an invention of remainers. If you don’t want a deal with the EU, hold a referendum about it; maybe this time

make sure it’s binding and not manipulated. 

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9 minutes ago, vogie said:

You have just answered your own question "it only said leave" You are making your own interpretations of what you would have liked it to have said. Sometimes it is better to stick to facts rather than imaginary wants.

Maybe read again what I was replying to, before posting nonsense. 

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Prolonging the uncertainty is not a good solution. But do agree that a no deal Brexit would probably be worse.

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2 minutes ago, welovesundaysatspace said:

Maybe read again what I was replying to, before posting nonsense. 

You have edited your post to the one I replied to, which contravenes forum rules. 

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