U.K. Parliament Soundly Rejects Theresa May’s Brexit Plan

By Paul Riegler on 15 January 2019
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DSC_0320The path of Britain’s exit from the European Union as well as the United Kingdom were thrown into chaos late Tuesday after the Bri

The path of Britain’s exit from the European Union as well as the future of the United Kingdomwere thrown into chaos late Tuesday after the British Parliament overwhelmingly rejected a proposed Brexit deal just ten weeks before it is scheduled to leave the bloc.

tish Parliament overwhelmingly rejected a proposed Brexit deal just ten weeks before it is scheduled to leave the bloc.

British lawmakers rejected the deal U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May crafted with her EU counterparts by a vote of 432 to 202, many concerned about an agreement that would keep the United Kingdom locked into a customs union with the European Union to avoid the appearance of a hard border in Ireland.

The repudiation of May’s deal was the biggest defeat in the House of Commons for a prime minister in the past 100 years and resulted in calls for her resignation and a vote of no confidence.

As it stands now, Britain will leave the European Union with no deal in place. Analysts have warned that such a move could result in a recession and trigger shortages of food, medicine, and electricity due to trade constraints.

The prime minister has indicated she will appeal to Brussels for greater concessions and try again to seek parliamentary approval for a deal, but the European Union is unlikely to grant additional concessions, a position it underscored after the final round of negotiations between the bloc and the United Kingdom was concluded.

Throughout the Brexit debate, some have suggested that Britain’s decision to leave the 28-country bloc will result in higher airline fees, longer lines and airport security checkpoints, and poor protection for EU citizens visiting Britain and vice versa.

Meanwhile, no one can accurately predict what the final outcome will be nor what the impact on passports, visas, aviation, and immigration status might eventually be.

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