United Kingdom faces ‘total uncertainty’ if Brexit deal rejected - health minister

United Kingdom faces ‘total uncertainty’ if Brexit deal rejected - health minister

In a desperate scramble to win votes, Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to promise MPs a £20billion suspending bonanza in Wednesday's spring statement - but only if they pass the deal.

"Reject it and no-one knows what will happen", she said.

"Business is holding its breath ahead of the votes in parliament this week, knowing that if Brexit has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected", said James Stewart, head of Brexit at KPMG UK.

Less than three weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to secure the changes to the divorce agreement she needs to gain the support of lawmakers who rejected it in a record rebellion in January.

The issue of how to maintain an open border on the island of Ireland is at the heart of the dispute between London and Brussels after British lawmakers objected to the so-called backstop insurance policy which they believe would keep the whole of the United Kingdom trapped in an EU customs union.

As defenders of the union with Britain, the DUP opposes any change that would treat Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the United Kingdom.

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Mrs May has said that if the vote is lost that she will give MPs the chance to vote against leaving the European Union with no-deal and to request and extension of the Article 50 withdrawal process, delaying the UK's 29 March departure date.

But Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay and the DUP, the party Mrs May's government relies on for a majority in Parliament, were both dismissive of the EU's latest proposal.

The ComRes poll was commissioned by pro-Leave group Brexit Express which surveyed over 2000 people and found that 76 percent of people also believed the Government had handled negotiations poorly.

There had been speculation that if Mrs May could get the majority against the deal down to below 50, she could try to bring it back for a third "meaningful vote" - but another three-figure reverse would make that hard. Otherwise, Britain faced a "moment of crisis".

"A no-deal Brexit will result in significant damage to our export markets, supply chains, consumer spending power and the region's competitiveness", the letter said. "Let's do what is necessary for MPs (members of Parliament) to back the deal on Tuesday".

"With a very real deadline looming, now is not the time to rerun old..." The UK has put forward clear new proposals. "That's the balance we're between". It comes as 74 senior Tory activists told Mrs May that Tory voters "do not fear a no deal" and "just want Brexit delivered".

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