French govt activates plan to prepare for no-deal Brexit

Nigel Farage submitted

Nigel Farage submitted

British Prime Minister Theresa May's two-year attempt to forge an amicable divorce was crushed by the British parliament on Tuesday in the biggest defeat for a British leader in modern history. She says she can't.

Instead, May will be focusing on the political crisis at home after a week in which her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement was overwhelming rejected by British lawmakers and she narrowly survived a vote of no-confidence launched by the opposition Labour party. But some did anyway.

And Ms McVey said she asked the cabinet to vote on Mrs May's deal before it was taken to the commons as she could not "put her name on it" and there were "dissenting voices" in the cabinet against it.

"These discussions brought to the surface the complete misunderstanding in government circles about the time line to bring it about", Liberal Democrats leader Cable said as quoted by The Guardian newspaper.

Earlier this month, former trade secretary and senior Tory Lord Peter Lilley accused the government of trying to "play up the supposed horrors" of leaving the European Union in a bid to persuade hesitant MPs to vote for the deal she had agreed with the EU.

"As someone who spent years in government negotiating with them I feel confident they would accept".

Main opposition Labor party leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a motion of no confidence, with a debate scheduled for Wednesday to decide whether May's government will collapse.

"There is still a long way to go, but hopes of a mutually beneficial solution are growing", he said.

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Parliament would still need to vote on any new agreement, and it is not clear when that might happen.

He warned that Labour meant to hold another confidence vote "if necessary" as part of his bid for a general election that he says would resolve the impasse.

Though he acknowledged that the Government was "not in control" of events on Monday, Mr Hammond stressed: "It is not within their power to mandate any future course of action, that would be for a Government to do".

"To me, the most likely outcome of all of this is an extension of Article 50", Farage told Sky.

French President Emmanuel Macron played down the prospect of changes to the offer from the EU27, saying: "We've reached the maximum of what we could do with the deal and we won't, just to solve Britain's domestic political issues, stop defending European interests".

'A new order has been made under section 56 (1B) of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 to enable reservists to be called into permanent service in support of Her Majesty's Government contingency planning for a no-deal European Union exit scenario, ' the statement said.

Estimates of up to 40% of Labour voters in 2017 supported Leave.

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