Brexit Britain be warned - ignore the Irish at your peril

Brexit Britain be warned - ignore the Irish at your peril

Labour's plan to delay Brexit to allow Parliamentary time for MPs to "find a majority for a different approach" was defeated by 318 to 302 votes.

If lawmakers reject a no-deal exit on Wednesday, another vote would then be held on Thursday on whether Britain should request from the European Union a limited extension of the March 29 Brexit date.

The Council is due to meet next Thursday and Friday (21 and 22 March).

Disadvantages include: Britain having to return MEPs, disrupting a redistribution of seats in the European Parliament; a lopsided impact on parties, with the EU's center-left gaining on the center-right and a boost for euroskeptic groups; prolonged uncertainty when the EU has other priorities; and the prospect of a lukewarm Britain staying when some would rather it left. Most opposition Labour MPs did not back the measure and even campaigners for a so-called People's Vote said the time was not yet right for Parliament to vote on the matter. May has warned members of Parliament that a long delay could mean no Brexit at all.

Faced with a parliament that offered the spectacle of its divisions in a series of votes this week, the default scenario remains for the moment that of a Brexit without agreement to March 29, even if a majority of deputies spoke against such an outcome on Wednesday.

Speaking during Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's visit to the White House, Mr Trump said: "I'm surprised at how badly it's all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation".

"Under no circumstances an extension in the dark!" he said earlier on Thursday. In an effort to ensure that border stays open, the UK's withdrawal agreement includes a measure known as the "Irish backstop" that would keep the United Kingdom effectively within the EU customs union and Northern Ireland part of the single market.

The newspaper's sources say that the prime minister has been told by European Union leaders and Brussels bureaucrats, including Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, of the conditions, with one diplomat telling The Times, "It will be space for Britain to reflect. The European elections must not be put at risk by the Brexit-chaos for no good reason", Leinen said.

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"For now markets remain convinced that Parliament will act to rule out exiting with no deal - and tomorrow's vote is likely to confirm this assumption", said Ranko Berich, head of market analysis at Monex Europe.

"That's why I continue to believe the Prime Minister's deal is the best deal available to us and I will continue to her support her in passing it".

"If we don't have a deal, and if we're still discussing among ourselves what is the right way to go forward, then it's quite possible that the European Union may insist on a significantly longer period", he said.

"The companies no longer have any idea what they should be preparing for", Martin Wansleben, executive director of the DIHK Chambers of Industry and Commerce, told the Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain.

'Brexit is only two weeks away, ' said leader Arlene Foster.

The UK Government would have to take further steps to stop that happening.

Thursday night, the British MPs also overwhelmingly rejected, by 334 votes to 85, an amendment presented by Sarah Wollaston, the Independent Group, proposing the organization of a second referendum on Brexit.

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