EU says it can do nothing more to help Theresa May after her Brexit deal suffers another huge defeat- “Should there be a UK reasoned request for an extension, the EU27 will consider it and decide by unanimity. The EU27 will expect a credible justification for a possible extension and its duration,” the spokesman said…EU sources told the Telegraph that the bloc would not offer any further concessions or talks.
Brexit vote: Britain in crisis as Theresa May’s deal defeated again- The rejection darkened the mood of EU leaders before a summit next week at which they will have to agree unanimously to any request for a delay. One diplomat warned that some were prepared to cut Britain loose. “Behind the scenes people are increasingly saying that it is better to call it quits, to have a clean break and start again,” the diplomat said.
Tory MPs propose ‘Malthouse compromise plan B’ amendment, calling for transition with no backstop-Steve Baker, the Tory Brexiter and deputy chair of the ERG, has said that some of his colleagues will be tabling an amendment proposing the Malthouse compromise plan B – essentially a transition, without the Irish backstop….But Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, said after watching some of the debate (and Johnson’s speech?) that the Malthouse compromise plan B is not on offer and that it was a “dangerous illusion” to think otherwise.
UK lawmakers table ‘managed no-deal’ plans before Wednesday vote- A group of UK lawmakers set out plans on Tuesday to test whether parliament wants to implement an exit plan that would see Brexit delayed and mitigate the consequence of leaving without a deal by seeking ‘standstill arrangements’ with the EU….It called for Brexit to be delayed until 1059 GMT on May 22, and for the government to offer to pay Brussels to strike standstill agreements with the EU lasting until no later than the end of 2021.
Brexit news: Conservative MPs given free vote on no-deal tomorrow after May’s second attempt ends in abject humiliation- She confirmed that the motion would say parliament “declines to approve leaving the European Union” without a Brexit deal on March 29, and “notes that leaving without a deal remains the default in UK and EU law unless this House and the EU ratify an agreement”. If MPs reject no-deal, as many expect, a third vote will follow on Thursday on whether to authorise Ms May to demand an extension of the two-year Article 50 process.
Brexit result: Business leaders urge MPs to reject no deal in Commons vote after Theresa May suffers major defeat- Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “It is profoundly obvious that neither Government nor many businesses are ready for a disorderly exit – and this must not be allowed to happen on 29 March, whether by default or by design. Businesses have been failed over and over again by Westminster in recent months, but allowing a messy and disorderly exit on March 29 would take political negligence to new extremes.”
Ireland disappointed at Brexit vote outcome- “The predictions were consistent enough over the last few days that this would be a heavy defeat,” Simon Coveney told the BBC. “We now need to be patient and calm to allow this process in Westminster to take its course.”
Dutch PM Rutte: Brexit delay request would need ‘convincing justification’- “Should the UK hand in a reasoned request for an extension, I expect a credible and convincing justification,” Rutte tweeted after the British parliament overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement for a second time.
UK must maintain threat of no-deal Brexit: DUP’s Dodds- “The best way to get a good deal, the best way to get a deal you can actually vote for is to keep the threat of a no-deal on the table,” Nigel Dodds told Sky News. “Once you take that threat off, you are bound to be offered terms which are less advantageous in the sure and certain knowledge that the other side have that you’re not going to walk away.”
No more talks planned with EU on Brexit for now: PM May’s spokesman- Prime Minister Theresa May has no current plans to hold more talks with the European Union, her spokesman said on Tuesday, shortly after parliament handed her a heavy defeat and plunged Britain into further uncertainty over Brexit.
PM May has given up any pretence of leading Britain with free vote: opposition Labour- “Allowing a free vote on no deal shows Theresa May has given up any pretence of leading the country. Once again, she’s putting her party’s interests ahead of the public interest,” a Labour spokesman said in a statement.
UK government has no plans for Irish border controls in case of no-deal Brexit: BBC- The UK government does not intend to collect customs duties or have any other controls at the Irish border in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the BBC reported on Tuesday. The British government will rely on self-reporting by businesses and suggest an app-based system to record cross-border trading, the BBC reported.
Britain, EU should define future ties after Brexit deal rejection: Germany- Britain is moving closer to crashing out of the European Union without a deal, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday, adding that both sides should now focus on defining their future relationship after Brexit.