UK: Parliament Rejects May’s Alternatives to Brexit

None of the four options put to the vote on April 1 amassed a majority of votes.

The British legislature has failed in its second attempt to achieve consensus on an alternative brexit path other than Theresa May’s government Agreement. None of the four options put to the vote on April 1 amassed a majority of votes.

The minister for the exit of the European Union Stephen Barclay said that the House has failed again in the search for a clear majority. The proposal to create a customs union with the European Union was left in the gutter by only three votes of difference, from 276 to 273.

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Meanwhile the proposal of  “a permanent and wide customs union” between London and Brussels was defeated by just three votes. The proposal for a second referendum lost by 12 votes and the option known as Common Market 2.0 or the Norwegian model was defeated by 21.

May had instructed her government to abstain in the voting of the four alternatives to her plan for Brexit, including also the rejection of “no agreement”. In the meantime, the Prime Minister plans to present her agreement with Brussels this week for a fourth vote, after three defeats suffered since last January.

The proposal of the customs union was presented by Kenneth Clarke in a last attempt to find a formula that can be backed by a majority in Westminster. Deputies from all parties voted in favor of the motion, which had been defeated by six scant points last week.


The conservative spokesman in the House of Commons Julian Smith launched an unprecedented attack against May on account of his resistance to the customs union.

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May faces resistance on the part of her cabinet to the customs union, which is also the issue that most divides its 314 deputies. Steve Baker, ex- Brexit department, warned that a shift to Brexit would not only create a new government crisis, but would blow up the conservative party.

Meanwhile the British Government has launched a contingency plan for the European elections from May 23 to 26.


Source URL: Telesur

Translated by JRE/EF


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