Brexiteers tear apart 'sell out' free trade area plan

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Postby dutchman » Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:06 pm

Theresa May’s Brexit deal will kill US trade pact, ambassador warns as he slams PM’s leadership

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THERESA May’s Brexit deal would kill off trade with America, Donald Trump’s ambassador warned today.

US envoy Woody Johnson said the withdrawal agreement would make it impossible to sign a trans-Atlantic trade deal after we quit the EU.

And he hit out at Britain’s crisis of leadership in a dig at the PM.

Mr Johnson, a close pal of the US President, told the BBC he wanted to see “a quick, very massive bilateral trade deal” after the UK leaves the European Union.

But asked if the current Brexit deal agreed by Mrs May would allow that, he replied: “It doesn’t look like it would be possible.”

The ambassador warned that ministers would have to weigh up all the factors involved before deciding which direction to go in.

And he claimed Britain is “in need of leadership” as MPs dither over whether or not to back the Prime Minister’s deal.

Mr Trump has spoken out in support of Brexit and vowed to cut a big trade deal with Britain as soon as possible.

But he told The Sun earlier this year that Mrs May’s deal could make that impossible because it would leave the UK following a host of Brussels regulations.

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Re: Brexiteers tear apart 'sell out' free trade area plan

Postby rebbonk » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:16 pm

Sadly, he's preaching to the converted.

May must be removed from office ASAP, the woman is beyond useless.
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"Please sir, can I have some more?"

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Re: Brexiteers tear apart 'sell out' free trade area plan

Postby dutchman » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:59 pm

MPs reject Theresa May's deal by 149 votes

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Prime Minister Theresa May's EU withdrawal deal has been rejected by MPs for a second time, throwing her Brexit strategy into further confusion.

MPs voted down her deal by 391 to 242 - a smaller defeat than when they rejected it in January.

The PM said MPs will now get a vote on whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal and, if that fails, on whether Brexit should be delayed.

She said Tory MPs will get a free vote on a no-deal Brexit.

That means they can vote with their conscience rather than following the orders of party managers.

Mrs May also announced that the government would announce details of how the UK will manage its border with Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit on Wednesday.

If the Commons declines to approve a no-deal Brexit in a vote on Wednesday, a vote on extending Article 50, the legal mechanism taking the UK out of the EU on 29 March, will take place on Thursday, said Mrs May.

Announcing the free vote on a no-deal Brexit, she told MPs: "This is an issue of grave importance for the future of our country.

"Just like the referendum there are strongly held and equally legitimate views on both sides.

"For that reason, I can confirm that this will be a free vote on this side of the House."

Mrs May said leaving without a deal remained the UK's default position but Downing Street said she will tell MPs whether she will vote for no-deal when she opens Wednesday's Commons debate on it.

The prime minister did not discuss resigning after her latest defeat because a government led by her had recently won a confidence vote in the Commons, added the PM's spokesman.

She has no plans to return to Brussels to ask for more concessions because, as she told MPs, she still thinks her deal is the best and only one on offer, he added.

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Re: Brexiteers tear apart 'sell out' free trade area plan

Postby dutchman » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:47 pm

Third Brexit vote must be different - Speaker

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Speaker John Bercow has thrown the UK's Brexit plans into further confusion by ruling out another vote on the PM's deal unless MPs are given a new motion.

In a surprise ruling, he said he would not allow a third "meaningful vote" in the coming days on "substantially the same" motion as MPs rejected last week.

With 11 days to go before the UK is due to leave the EU, ministers have warned of a looming "constitutional crisis".

The UK is currently due to leave the EU on 29 March.

Theresa May has negotiated the withdrawal deal with the EU but it must also be agreed by MPs.

They have voted against it twice, and the government has been considering a third attempt to get it through Parliament.

Mr Bercow cited a convention dating back to 1604 that a defeated motion could not be brought back in the same form during the course of a parliamentary session.

He said the second vote on the prime minister's deal last week was "in order" as it was substantially different to the first, but any further votes must pass the "test" he had set out to be allowed.

Mr Bercow made his ruling in response to what he said were concerns from MPs across Parliament that the government intended to "bring the same deal back to the House ad infinitum" and ask them to "repeatedly pronounce on fundamentally the same proposition".

Last week's second vote on the deal had not fallen foul of parliamentary conventions, he made clear.

This was because the government had secured "legal changes" to its existing agreement with the EU, set out in three new documents, and therefore what MPs had been asked to consider was different from the agreement rejected by 230 votes in January.

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Re: Brexiteers tear apart 'sell out' free trade area plan

Postby rebbonk » Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:15 pm

A lot of people are slagging Bercow off, but he's correct in his actions. - And I normally despise him.
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Re: Brexiteers tear apart 'sell out' free trade area plan

Postby dutchman » Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:50 pm

It was obvious May was going to keep putting her pathetic excuse for a deal before parliament over and over again until it was finally accepted.

With any luck the EU will follow suit and reject any extension to Article 50.
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Re: Brexiteers tear apart 'sell out' free trade area plan

Postby dutchman » Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:02 pm

Two of Coventry's three MPs have ignored the original wishes of their constituents and voted for a second Brexit referendum

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Yesterday, MPs voted on a series of eight alternative Brexit options after parliament seized control of the Brexit debate on Monday.

But after a series of votes last night, the House of Commons rejected all of the alternatives put forward as part of the indicative votes.

The plans ranged from holding a second referendum to leaving the EU without a deal on April 12.

It means we are no closer to a final strategy for leaving the EU - something 51.9 per cent of the country and a large chunk of Coventry residents voted for back in June 2016.

Despite the city making its feelings clear, two of the three MPs representing Coventry chose to go against the opinions of voters and vote for a second referendum that could potentially overturn the result their constituents originally wanted.

Coventry has three Labour MPs - Jim Cunningham represents Coventry South, Colleen Fletcher represents Coventry North East and Geoffrey Robinson represents Coventry North West.

Yesterday, Ms Fletcher and Mr Robinson defied the original Brexit referendum votes of their constituents, who wanted out of the European Union.

Both voted for a second referendum to allow the public to vote on any withdrawal agreement agreed by Parliament.

Mr Cunningham also voted for a second referendum, however he was upholding the wishes of his constituents, who wanted to remain in the EU.

In Warwickshire, all of the MPs stuck to what their residents had initially voted for.

Marcus Jones , MP for Nuneaton, voted against a second referendum, sticking to what his constituents had asked for in the first referendum - to leave the EU.

Craig Tracey , MP for North Warwickshire, also stuck with his constituents and voted against a second referendum.

Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington, voted for a second referendum - in line with his anti-Brexit constituents.

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Re: Brexiteers tear apart 'sell out' free trade area plan

Postby rebbonk » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:24 am

Let's just hope that the electorate remember this when they come knocking on our doors wanting out support.

Mrs Fletcher is already in absolutely no doubt that she will never see my vote.
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Re: Brexiteers tear apart 'sell out' free trade area plan

Postby dutchman » Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:41 pm

MPs reject May's EU withdrawal agreement

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MPs have rejected Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement on the day the UK was due to leave the EU.

The government lost by 344 votes to 286, a majority of 58.

It means the UK has missed an EU deadline to delay Brexit to 22 May and leave with a deal.

The prime minister said the UK would have to find "an alternative way forward", which was "almost certain" to involve holding European elections.

Mrs May now has until 12 April to seek a longer extension to the negotiation process to avoid a no-deal Brexit on that date.

With a clear majority in the Commons against a no-deal Brexit, and with MPs holding more votes on alternative plans on Monday, Mrs May said that the UK would have to find "an alternative way forward".

The prime minister said that the outcome was "a matter of profound regret", adding that "I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House".

Responding to the vote, European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: "In view of the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons, I have decided to call a European Council on 10 April."

European Commission secretary general Martin Selmayr - right-hand-man to president Jean-Claude Juncker - tweeted: "12 April is now the new 29 March Brexit."

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