British MPs will try to chart a new Brexit path on Monday after rejecting Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for the third time on Friday, leaving her and the country in a state of turmoil. With less than two weeks left for the scheduled Brexit, the MPs will hold a series of votes to try and find a majority-backed plan to end the current crisis.
The government had struck a deal with the European Union in November, but Parliament has refused to give consent for it, forcing the government to seek for the delay of the planned departure date of March 29. Though the European Union is offering an extension until May 22 with condition that MPs approves the deal. In an attempt to get Brexit hardliners to vote for the deal, May had promised to step down if they voted for the deal, but they failed. Now, the government must make a new request to the European Union at an extraordinary summit on 10 April or leave the union without a deal on April 12 with chaotic economic consequences. If the delay goes beyond May 22, then Britain will have to hold European Parliament elections like other member states.
Last week, the Parliament had seized the initiative for one day but failed to unite around a single option that could replace May’s deal. But there appears to be momentum behind a plan to seek a deal that would see Britain stay in some kind of customs union with the European Union, which may satisfy the pro-EU members of May’s cabinet, but it may cause mass rebellion among the rest of her ministers, posing a serious threat to the government’s survival. Brexit-supporting minister Andrea Leadsom and 10 cabinet members have organized a letter and have signed it, that there be no further extension beyond May 22. The letter also states that May must stand by her party’s manifesto pledge to leave the customs union in order to be able to strike post-Brexit deals with other countries.
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