Remain MPs planning government shutdown to stop no-deal Brexit

Remain MPs planning government shutdown to stop no-deal Brexit

Remain MPs planning government shutdown to stop no-deal Brexit

If the deal is voted down, Britain risks crashing out of the European Union on March 29 with no agreement in place, a messy outcome that could plunge the country into its worst recession for decades.

May's withdrawal agreement has found opposition from Brexiteers resulting in the prime minister postponing the House of Commons vote before Christmas in face of certain defeat - mainly over the issue of the Irish backstop which could see Northern Ireland locked into regulatory alignment with the bloc after the transition period, should London and Brussels not strike a deal, in order to stop a so-called "hard border" with European Union member state Republic of Ireland.

Last week a Downing Street source suggested Mrs May could ask MPs to vote again and again on her deal to get it through Parliament.

MPs are due to vote on whether to back Mrs May's Brexit plan next week.

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In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, May pledged to set out new measures to address the contentious Northern Irish "backstop" clause in her withdrawal plans in a bid to win over sceptical legislators.

Lawmakers are due to vote on whether to accept May's exit deal in the week beginning 14 January.

"She is clearly in listening mode", he told the BBC's Radio Four Today programme.

"The EU has shown in the past that it will move but only if faced with a resolute red line on the part of the United Kingdom government", deputy DUP leader Nigel Dodds said in a statement.

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Analysts said May's comments to the BBC did little to hide the fact the British leader has no "gamechanger" amendments to the proposed withdrawal agreement capable of swinging the parliamentary arithmetic in her favour.

The House of Commons vote had been scheduled to take place in December, but Mrs May called it off after it became clear that not enough MPs would vote for her deal.

But she added: "If Parliament says 'This is just nonsense, this is no better than Theresa May's [deal],' we will put our hands up to that".

The Prime Minister warned critics from both sides of the Brexit divide that they risked damaging the economy and trust in democracy by opposing her plan. "I want to see this deal go through".

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Pro-Remain MPs are targeting the Government's finances as part of a last-ditch effort to prevent a no-deal Brexit, taking inspiration from the United States government shutdown now suffered by Donald Trump. "It was leave or remain, and the way you leave is to come out on March 29".

But she admitted she had no way of knowing what might happen if MPs rejected her deal, adding that the country would be in uncharted territory.

The poll of more than 25,000 voters was commissioned by the People's Vote campaign, which is spearheading an increasingly vocal push for a second referendum on Brexit.

Labour's now policy is to push for another general election if Mrs May fails to get her Brexit deal through Parliament at a crucial vote scheduled to take place next week.

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Tonia Antoniazzi, Labour MP for Gower, said: "I feel particularly strongly that this stasis, this logjam that we are in is making the public extremely frustrated".

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