Crash-out Brexit looms larger for scientists after deal rejected

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Lawmakers will vote Wednesday in a no-confidence motion from opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn that could trigger a national election.

The immediate prospect for May is a cabinet meeting with her ministers on Wednesday morning when she may be encouraged to resign due to the magnitude of the defeat in the House of Commons.

There's "zero chance" of May renegotiating her present deal with Brussels, said Nile Gardiner, former aide to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's government won a confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday, clearing the way for her to attempt to forge a consensus among lawmakers on a Brexit divorce agreement.

Mrs May is likely to survive the challenge to her premiership as Tory MPs, aided and abetted by the DUP, baulk at the idea of a general election and the possibility of Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister. But with or without a plan, Brexit is still on track to commence on March 29. Some people are confident that if May threatens to walk away, having proved once and for all that her parliament hates the deal, the European Union will blink. Last week saw her 11th and 12th defeats.

As the BBC reports, under normal circumstances "such a crushing defeat on a key piece of government legislation would be expected to be followed by a prime ministerial resignation". Parliament has given the government until Monday to come up with a new plan for leaving the EU.

During the debate on Wednesday, Labour's Corbyn said that the Brexit vote on Tuesday night has left May's government ineffective to deliver on her promise.

"There is no doubt that by far the most preferred option for the European Union would be a thoroughly negotiated withdrawal deal". Meanwhile, British lawmakers from all parties are trying to wrest control of the Brexit process from a paralyzed Conservative government, so that lawmakers can direct planning for Britain's departure from the EU.

May suffered the biggest government defeat in modern British history when the House of Commons rejected by 432 votes to 202 the deal she struck with Brussels previous year after 18 months of negotiation.

"If a government can not get its legislation through Parliament, it must go to the country for a new mandate", Corbyn said ahead of the vote, scheduled for 7 p.m. (1900GMT, 2 p.m. EST). Labour wants a permanent customs union with the EU, a close relationship with its single market, and greater protections for workers and consumers.

She said extending Article 50, the legal mechanism taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union on 29 March, to allow time for an election would mean "delaying Brexit for who knows how long".

Following his comments, the pound euro exchange rate rose as traders interpreted it to mean the European Central Bank had acknowledged the recent run of bad data from the Eurozone and was preparing the ground for a more dovish policy stance.

Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans declared the backstop, an insurance policy in the withdrawal deal that will keep the Irish border frictionless, was "non-negotiable" - despite the many British MPs who cited it as their reason for opposing the deal.

In October government ministers had talked about winning a large majority for the deal, but by December, when May postponed the vote hoping time to think would change MPs' minds, it was clear she was looking down the barrel of a heavy defeat.

Instead, the prime minister's opponents, both those who want a harder Brexit, and those who want a softer Brexit - or none at all - were eager for the next phase of battle.

Brexit supporters anticipate some short-term economic pain but say Britain will then thrive if cut loose from what they cast as a doomed experiment in German-dominated unity.

"Good luck to the representatives of the nation who have to implement something that doesn't exist", Macron said.

She had spent two years negotiating the plan aimed at bringing about an orderly Brexit on 29 March, 2019, and setting up a 21-month transition period to negotiate a free-trade deal with Brussels.



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