'No deal' Brexit 'almost inevitable' after MPs fail to break deadlock

'No deal' Brexit 'almost inevitable' after MPs fail to break deadlock

Lawmakers sought to break a stalemate over Britain's departure from the European Union on Monday by trying to force Prime Minister Theresa May to pursue much closer economic ties than the deal she negotiated envisages.

Proposed by Labour MPs Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson Motion E, for a confirmatory referendum, giving the public a vote to approve any Brexit deal passed by Parliament before it can be implemented lost by 280 votes for to 292 votes against.

The custom union, which was defeated by just three votes, would not solve the Irish Border question but it would guarantee smooth and tariff-free trade in goods across the Border. She is under huge pressure from both party wings to decide whether to put her own deal forward for a fourth vote, or switch to a plan B. But she has been warned that ministerial resignations will be "unavoidable" if she picks either no deal or a customs union.

The minister said if parliament were to back an agreement later this week, it would be possible to avoid European Parliament elections next month, which many pro-Brexit Tories would regard as a betrayal of the 2016 referendum result.

Frustrated with her approach, MPs in the House of Commons last week voted to give themselves powers to find an alternative strategy, by holding a series of "indicative votes" on various options.

While the UK Parliament continues its internal battle, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will be pleading with European Union capitals to look favourably on a long Brexit extension rather than force a no-deal scenario.

"There is a growing expectation that a (House of) Common's majority could coalesce around a softer Brexit that includes a custom's union but she is facing more threats from cabinet members to resign if she decides to pursue a softer Brexit", MUFG analysts said.

"My party refuses to compromise, I regret therefore that I can no longer sit for the party", an emotional Conservative MP Nick Boles said in the parliament chamber shortly after the announcement of the vote results to quit the party.

"I have given everything to an attempt to find a compromise", an emotional Boles told parliament.

"I accept that I have failed", he added.

On Monday, it was revealed the Conservatives chief whip, in charge of party discipline, had heavily criticised the Cabinet's behaviour.

"The only option is to find a way through which allows the United Kingdom to leave with a deal".

Three days after Brexit was supposed to happen, lawmakers in the House of Commons remain incapable of breaking the deadlock.

"The best course of action is to do so as soon as possible".

The votes are not binding on the government, but Justice minister David Gauke said on Sunday that it would have to "consider very carefully the will of parliament".

Speaking in the Commons following the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was "disappointing" that no option had been picked.

European Union leaders have called an emergency summit on April 10 and have warned that unless Britain sets out what it wants to do, it risks severing ties with its largest trading bloc two days later with no deal at all.

Addressing the House of Commons, Drax said: "I made the wrong call on Friday".

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