Dutch say Britons must apply to stay if no Brexit deal

Dutch say Britons must apply to stay if no Brexit deal

Dutch say Britons must apply to stay if no Brexit deal

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Steet in London, Britain, December 17, 2018.

According to a report from the BBC, "MPs have backed measures created to thwart preparations for a no-deal Brexit, by defeating the government in the House of Commons".

While the two votes are largely symbolic, the successive defeat shows how weak parliamentary support is for Mrs May's Brexit plans.

May has so far refused to retreat from her unpopular deal, which envisages close trading ties with the European Union, but without any say on policy as Britain has now, after leaving in March. "The idea is to hope for the best and prepare for the worst", she added.

Losing the vote would deepen the uncertainty over the future of Brexit, Britain's biggest shift in foreign and trade policy for more than 40 years, and open the way for several different outcomes, ranging from a disorderly exit to another referendum.

Late on Tuesday, 303 MPs - including more than a dozen former Conservative ministers - voted to restrict the government's taxation powers in a "no deal" scenario, against 296 who backed May.

There were turbulent scenes in parliament when some in May's Conservative Party accused the speaker of bias.

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But her spokesman added: "If that were not to take place. we would respond quickly and provide certainty on the way forward".

Mr Grieve's amendment was tabled against a Government motion detailing the timetable for the Brexit deal debate, which Tory MPs argued was "unamendable".

"These are facts MPs of all parties might wish to keep in mind as they consider the options the Government is now offering".

However, it has failed to convince the DUP to backstop the Brexit deal.

May insists Britain will leave the European Union in March whatever happens, but there is growing talk of delaying the two-year Article 50 exit process to give her some breathing space to get her deal agreed.

"The withdrawal agreement says that even if there was disagreement in Stormont, even if Stormont decided that a proposal from the European Union wasn't in the best interests of Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom government would legislate over our heads", the Belfast East MP told BBC News NI.

But May's spokesman insisted: "We will not be extending Article 50".

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Handing the Stormont Assembly a "veto" on Northern Ireland's post-Brexit trade rules would be unacceptable, Sinn Fein has said.

Despite the impasse over Brexit in parliament, Bercow's move to allow the amendment sparked utter fury from both Tory hard Brexiteers and those backing May and her deal.

The Dutch move is aimed at calming fears of chaos for people and businesses in the event that there is no withdrawal agreement for Britain to leave the bloc on 29 March.

The report said: "So, far from the Government being able to resist pressure for a People's Vote, the reality is that if a majority of MPs are prepared to vote for it, they will have a series of opportunities to encourage or even force the Government to produce the necessary legislation".

Following Prime Minister's Questions, the Speaker defended his decision, saying: "It is the long, established practice of this House that the Speaker in this chair makes judgements upon the selection of amendments and those judgements are not questioned by members of the House".

Some investors and major banks believe May's deal will be defeated on Tuesday but that eventually it will be approved.

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