British lawmakers reject May's Brexit deal

British lawmakers reject May's Brexit deal

Just 10 weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union, lawmakers vote late Tuesday on whether to accept the plan or risk leaving without an agreement on future relations with the bloc. The Swiss are required to follow European Union laws in areas which give them access to the single market but make much lower contributions to Brussels budgets.

Unless a deal is ratified, Britain is set for a disorderly exit from the bloc on March 29, with potentially tumultuous economic and social consequences.

The government and opposition parties ordered MPs to cancel all other plans to be on hand for the crucial vote. Labour legislator Tulip Siddiq delayed the scheduled cesarean birth of her son so she could attend, arriving in a wheelchair.

But while European Union leaders have offered "clarifications" to the deal, they insist the 585-page withdrawal agreement can not be reopened.

Arlene Foster, head of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party upon which May relies for her parliamentary majority, said May needed to win binding concessions from Brussels to secure her vote.

"While we do not want this to happen, the European Commission will continue its contingency work to help ensure the EU is fully prepared", he said.

A sudden shift to different standards would affect nearly every economic sector and possibly see the costs of everyday products in Britain rise, as well as create disruption at logistical hubs such as ports.

May sought to strike a conciliatory tone, telling MPs they had the right to challenge her leadership and promising to hold more talks to salvage a workable solution by the rapidly approaching March 29 Brexit deadline.

Should May survive another vote, she will be pressured to return to Brussels for renegotiations. Many Brexit-backing lawmakers say it will leave the United Kingdom tethered to the bloc's rules and unable to forge an independent trade policy.

Business groups had appealed for MPs to back the deal to provide certainty about the future.

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"She is only attempting to reach out now to try to keep her failed deal alive after it has been so roundly rejected by parliament on behalf of the people of this country".

"Firms in the finance industry have put contingency plans in place to minimise disruption for their customers in a "no deal" scenario but critical cliff-edge risks remain, including on the transfer of personal data and the operation of cross-border contracts", said Stephen Jones, chief executive of UK Finance. This means the vote was defeated by a majority of 230 votes.

However, it is widely expected to be defeated, leaving the country in further limbo over its membership of the bloc - with possible outcomes including a fresh election and a second referendum.

The government's insistence that it was right to put forward the deal knowing that it was nearly certain to be defeated will strike some as politically reckless.

It is thought that Mrs May's response to a defeat will take the form of an oral statement to the Commons immediately after the division.

The leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, tabled a motion of no-confidence against Theresa May's government moments after the vote was finalised.

The DUP's Sammy Wilson has said the party will support the government saying they want a change in policy, not administrations.

Kent Conservative MPs were among those who rejected the deal with nine voting against the government. Barring that, there would be an election, a process that takes five to six weeks.

"It could end up being the day that will lead to us leaving with no deal!" said 25-year-old Simon Fisher, who backs a swift and sharp break with the EU.

There's a strong chance any new referendum would be as divisive as the first.

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