Britain testing ‘no-deal’ scenario as Brexit vote nears

UK May suffers defeat over vote on no-deal Brexit

UK May suffers defeat over vote on no-deal Brexit

Officially slated for the week of January 14, the Commons vote is widely expected to be held on January 15.

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) said the trial was too little, too late and would need to be repeated to properly stress-test the management of thousands of lorries.

As MPs returned to Westminster after the Christmas break Mrs May was warned that the attitudes of Tory Brexiteers had hardened, with Boris Johnson stating that a no-deal Brexit was closest to what people voted for in the referendum.

In the first significant test for border disruption, the UK Department for Transport's (DfT) experiment, named "Operation Brock", saw almost 100 lorries from the disused Manston Airport, in Kent, on a 20-mile journey to Dover - Europe's busiest roll-on roll-off ferry port - at around 8am, the Evening Standard reports. But it needs to pass a vote by MPs before it is accepted.

"There was no question, that I remember, on the referendum about a "deal" or not; it was "leave" or 'remain.' And the way you leave is to come out on the 29th of March".

British Prime Minister Theresa May has reiterated that a delayed parliamentary vote on her widely maligned Brexit deal will go ahead later this month and warned the United Kingdom would enter "uncharted territory" should it be rejected by MPs.

She said she had been speaking with European leaders in the intervening period.

She warned in the Mail on Sunday newspaper that critics of her Brexit deal risk damaging Britain's democracy and its economy by opposing her plan.

"And the third, and we're still working on this, is further assurances from the European Union to address the issues that have been raised".

Fears about economic disruption Monday sparked roughly 200 legislators including some from the prime minister's Conservative Party to write to May asking her to rule out the no-deal scenario.

"I don't think anybody can say exactly what will happen in terms of the reaction we will see in Parliament".

Without some activity from Brussels Mrs May is expected to lose the so-called meaningful vote, which was postponed in December when it became clear the Government would be defeated.

"If we as a new, incoming Labour government were to go to Europe without those red lines we know that we could get a different, better deal and that's what we want to try and achieve".

Of the 2,000 people polled for the Channel 4 study, 67 per cent said talking about Brexit made them stressed and 32 per cent said they tried to change the subject.

Writing in Daily Telegraph, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the option of leaving the European Union with no deal is "closest to what people voted for" in the 2016 European Union referendum.

She told BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "What we'll be setting out over the next few days is a sort of assurances, is measures in three areas".

May's deal is facing opposition from many of her own MPs, as well as Labour and other opposition parties including the Remain-supporting Liberal Democrats. Yes, it does. Does it protect our jobs and security?

The chief executives of Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Rolls Royce are also supporting it and will be meeting MPs in parliament on Wednesday evening, while the prime minister has invited the 209 MPs to meet her at Downing Street on Tuesday.

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