Brexit and the economy are inseparable and MPs are right to refuse ‘no deal’ while the cabinet splits

Imagine this container ship almost empty.
That would be what happens if Mrs May’s government remains divided over Brexit – with a knock-on, disastrous effect on the economy [Image: Reuters].

Cast your eyes over the following Twitter thread by Paul Mason:

With the above in mind, the following makes sense:

A powerful cross-party group of MPs is drawing up plans that would make it impossible for Theresa May to allow Britain to crash out of the EU without a deal in 2019. The move comes amid new warnings that a “cliff-edge” Brexit would be catastrophic for the economy.

One critical aim of the group – which includes the former Tory chancellor Kenneth Clarke and several Conservative ex-ministers, together with prominent Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrat and Green MPs – is to give parliament the ability to veto, or prevent by other legal means, a “bad deal” or “no deal” outcome.

Concern over Brexit policy reached new heights this weekend after the prime minister told the House of Commons that her government was spending £250m on preparations for a possible “no deal” result because negotiations with Brussels had stalled.

(Source: MPs move to block Theresa May from signing ‘no deal’ Brexit)

The issue is that Theresa May’s cabinet has split and there is no clarity on the way forward. This leaves the UK looking weak to foreign leaders – and a bad investment to foreign businesses. They won’t want to locate here and they certainly won’t want to spend their money on our goods. And home-grown companies – with the wherewithal to do so – will leave

That would be disastrous for the UK’s economy – the money would simply dry up.

So MPs who have more than their own interests, or even those of the Conservative Party, at heart have drawn up amendments to the current EU Withdrawal Bill, in a bid to force a united position on weakling prime minister Theresa May’s cabinet of chaos.

The immediate result is that committee stage discussion of the Bill will be held back while representatives of each party try to work out a compromise version of it that a majority can support.

This may not be possible.

If not, then the minority Conservative government is facing a serious – if not fatal – crisis.

Brexit is the issue Theresa May demanded a mandate to handle, and she didn’t get it.

With Parliament deadlocked, it is looking increasingly likely that she will be unable to deliver any agreement.

In such a situation, it is not beyond possibility that we will find ourselves facing another election.

And all the while, the clock is ticking down to the deadline for our departure from the EU. These are dangerous times – and our future is in the hands of fools.

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  1. Brian October 15, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Is there one, just one policy of the tories that has not ended in fiasco.

  2. Barry Davies October 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Unfortunately the eu are hell bent on demanding monies, which the remain supporting mass media have dubbed the divorce bill, despite the fact that we owe nothing and don’t need to pay anything because the eu owes us monies. This of course is the eu attempting to obfuscate the simple fact that they were so certain we wouldn’t dare leave, despite them sending cameron home with a flea in his ear, and then were so certain in line with every other democratic vote, against the eu’s intentions, the vote would be reversed by lying to the public. This mean that they hadn’t even set up a meeting to discuss when they would have a meeting about when to have a meeting discussing brexit, and what their position would be.

    It is time that May did a Trump and told them get on with it or we walk away, the eu had been attempting to get TTIP settled over a number of years of course, but were no nearer making headway when Trump ended it than the day they started, the eu has no capable negotiators so they dive and dodge and pretend to hold th high ground.

    • Mike Sivier April 22, 2018 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      As the Cambridge Analytica scandal has been proving, the EU referendum only secured a majority for Brexit because the Leave campaigners lied to the public.
      Since you wrote your comment, we’ve had the EU demanding that Mrs May be the one to get on with it, time and time again!
      And it is more accurate to admit that the Conservative Party has no capable negotiators (the UK does, but they all belong to a different political party).

  3. NMac October 16, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

    In their efforts to save the Tory Party from the great schism the Tories are happy to bankrupt the whole country.

  4. Florence October 16, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    The prospect of another election leaves me very happy as our best possible outcome to change the govt for one that really is in control and stop this dreadful uncertainty. I live in an area where what little economic industrial activity we have is linked to our ports. This would be destroyed, along with our other earner of farming – with no deal Brexit.

    However, there is also the immediate reaction to wilt at the prospect of yet another election – already 2 this year and some in the marginals are still facing funding problems. That would be overcome if we could get Labour HQ to announce an immediate strategy of funding for the marginals that will allow us to plan effectively. In GE17 we had the element of surprise and Tory complacency, a brilliant manifesto, and an electorate who had never actually heard the real Labour voice before in the MSM. We know that there will be a huge well funded campaign by the Tories on these areas, and I would be gutted to see the party resources diverted to protect the “safe seats”, ie RW PLP members, again.

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