British legislators create new obstacle to 'no-deal' Brexit

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The finding comes as the United Kingdom government prepares for the delayed parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal deal on Tuesday, January 15, with more than 200 MPs having signed a letter calling for the PM to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

The Commons amendment, tabled by Labour's Yvette Cooper, is created to limit the Treasury's ability to spend money implementing a no-deal exit, including raising certain taxes, without the explicit consent of Parliament.

The amendment to legislation implementing last year's budget states that powers to amend tax laws to make them work after Brexit could only be used if a deal was agreed, Brexit was cancelled, or, if the government had parliamentary approval to proceed with a no-deal exit.

The government lost the vote by 296 votes to 303, with six former cabinet ministers - Ken Clarke, Michael Fallon, Justine Greening, Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Nicky Morgan - defying party orders and siding with Labour.

Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn has described the government's handling of the Brexit process as "shambolic", while the Democratic Unionist Party - which props up the May government with its 10 members - has expressed concerns that a backstop proposal at the Irish border would lead to a permanent regulatory arrangement.

The Labour leader said ministers were "fooling nobody" with preparations for no-deal, and said Mrs May would not be allowed to run down the clock to secure support for her Brexit deal.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May says she told her Cabinet meeting "this is not how debate should be conducted in our country".

With the British parliament deadlocked, the ultimate destination of the Brexit project remains unclear, with possible outcomes ranging from a disorderly departure with no deal to another referendum on European Union membership.

Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to force her Brexit deal through parliament but lawmakers are expected to reject it. "I am very hopeful that the deal will be voted through next week".

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"Our intent, once the Withdrawal Agreement has been ratified by Westminster and the European Parliament, is to get into talks on the future relationship on the new economic and trade treaty with Britain, on the new security partnership with Britain".

Asked if he was prepared to resign to stop a no-deal Brexit, Mr Harrington said: "Definitely, I would".

A delay would require agreement of all European Union member states.

These assurances are set to be delivered to lawmakers before they vote, although not before they start their debate on Wednesday.

The Telegraph reported that British and European officials are discussing the possibility of extending Britain's formal notice to withdraw from the EU amid fears a Brexit deal will not be approved by the withdrawal date.

The DUP's Nigel Dodds told BBC's Newsnight it was "more a social occasion" than a political one.

"We have to face the world as we find it, not as we wish it to be, and we have to deal with the facts as we find them".

Twenty Tory Ministers rebelled against the government in the vote.

MANSTON, ENGLAND-Britain began rehearsals on January 7, for the upheaval of a no-deal Brexit by lining up 87 trucks at a little-used airport for a trip towards the United Kingdom's most important trading gateway to continental Europe.

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