Brexit options: Stick close to EU? Crash out? Think again?

Oscar PerryApr 02, 2019

The date was postponed to allow Mrs May more time to find a Brexit solution.

Mr Gauke warned it would "not be sustainable" to ignore MPs if they voted for a softer Brexit.

She told Today: "There have been periods in our history when we have had national unity governments or a coalition for a very specific issue".

May's government and her party, which has grappled with a schism over Europe for 30 years, was in open conflict between those pushing for a customs union with the EU and eurosceptics who are demanding a cleaner break with the bloc.

Justice Secretary David Gauke said Sunday the government would have to "very carefully consider" the wishes of Parliament, but continued to insist that Prime Minister Theresa May's European Union divorce deal is still the best alternative.

Batters reiterated warnings that a no-deal Brexit would be economically disastrous for the United Kingdom and that it shouldn't be something any politician should contemplate.

May is considering a final throw of the dice by bringing her deal back to a vote in parliament as soon as Wednesday, when it could be put to lawmakers in a "run-off" against whichever alternative gains the most support.

"I would like, in the coming hours and days, for Great Britain to reach an agreement on the way forward", he added.

Britain's electorate voted by 52 per cent in favour of leaving the European Union back in 2016.

May has ruled out all the ideas under consideration. The head of the EU's executive stressed on Monday that according to EU rules, the United Kingdom would have to take part in European Parliament elections if it stays in the bloc beyond April 12.

Last week this option lost by 295 votes to 268, a margin of 27. But ever since, opponents of Brexit have sought to soften, or even stop, the divorce.

Slack rejected speculation that the government could take drastic action, such as asking Queen Elizabeth II to suspend Parliament or getting her to refuse to sign legislation.

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"I am pleased that we have also made progress on our European ownership position which is now above 49%", Lundgren said in a statement.

But it has been roundly rejected by lawmakers on both sides of Britain's Brexit divide.

Both main parties are preparing for the possibility of a snap election as a way out of the deadlock. A five-hour Cabinet meeting is to be held on Tuesday, which commentators in London suggest could include planning for a general election.

The range of choices, and lack of consensus, reflect a Parliament and a government deeply divided over how - and whether - to leave the EU.

Rob Dobson, director at IHS Markit, which compiles the survey, said: "Manufacturers reported a surge of business activity in March as companies stepped up their preparations for potential Brexit-related disruptions".

Smith's bold statement of unprecedented bad behavior was remarkable not only for what he said - but who said it.

The UK would apply the same tariffs to imported goods coming from around the world as the European Union and all its member states.

Maier also wrote that Britain's political paralysis is "making it hard to win support for finely balanced investment decisions that in the end have an impact on, innovation and the competitiveness of our activities here".

Staying in the EU customs union or holding a new Brexit referendum were on the table Monday, along with other "soft Brexit" alternatives and a call for a no-deal Brexit in which Britain leaves the EU without a deal on April 12.

Mr Juncker said in a speech on Monday to the Saarland state legislature in Saarbruecken, Germany: "We now know what the British Parliament doesn't want, but we haven't heard what it wants".

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said she remained "confident" the government could deliver Brexit, adding that "we have to keep trying".

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