Theresa May summons cabinet following Brexit deadlock in parliament

Roman Schwartz
April 10, 2019

"I have to tell you the truth", Barnier said in Brussels.

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows members gathered in the House of Commons in London.

In a third reading, the House of Commons voted by 313 votes to 312 late on Wednesday in favour of forcing Prime Minister Theresa May to seek an extension of the current Brexit date of April 12.

With just 11 days until the United Kingdom must come up with a new plan or crash out of the bloc in chaos, the House of Commons on Monday threw out four options created to replace May's thrice-rejected Brexit deal - though in some cases it was close.

May has summoned her Cabinet for a marathon meeting Tuesday to thrash out the options. "To be clear, during any long extension there will be no renegotiation of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, no, never", he said.

"She reiterated where she is at at the present time".

"We are now in a really risky situation with a serious and growing risk of no deal in 10 days' time", Cooper said of her bill.

The two party leaders met for more than an hour, after which Corbyn said he'd told the premier that Labour wants a customs union with the EU, access to the single market and regulatory alignment on the environment, and on consumer and workers' rights.

In Britain, though, political chaos continued to reign.

"I think people will feel very short-changed", said former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a prominent pro-Brexit voice in Parliament.

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Making these changes now is an even worse decision, he said, given apprehensions of immigrants at the border are spiking. New York Times opinion writer Wajahat Ali said of the tweet on Sunday night, "I want this to follow her until the end.

The motion that came closest to reaching a majority involved keeping Britain in a permanent customs union with the EU.

Businesses have warned that the economic impact in Britain could be devastating.

European leaders will continue deciding how to respond to Brexit, with Ireland's prime minister, Leo Varadkar, hosting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dublin later.

Edwin Morgan, interim director general of business group the Institute of Directors, said May's statement was "a welcome step towards compromise", though there remained obstacles ahead.

In 2018 the European Union rejected the Prime Minister's plans for the Irish border, and just last month rejected her request to extend the date of the UK's departure to June 30th. "Both sides must play ball". The cross-party bill was spearheaded by Labour's Yvette Cooper and the Conservative Oliver Letwin. under it, a legal mechanism is created where the Commons can instruct the Prime Minister to see Article 50 extension in absence of an approval resolution of Brexit withdrawal agreement.

The UK has until 12 April to propose a plan to the European Union - which must be accepted by the bloc - or it will leave without a deal on that date. "It is the prime minister's responsibility to ensure we don't leave the country less safe".

Varadkar stressed "there's still time" for May to come to the April 10 summit with "credible" proposals.

Meanwhile, British lawmakers intent on avoiding a no-deal Brexit have drawn up plans to prevent Britain crashing out of the bloc, by accident or design. "Being prepared for no deal doesn't mean there will be no disruption", he said.

"No deal was never our desired nor intended scenario".

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