(Bloomberg) – Lawmakers have called Theresa May to dismiss a Brexit without agreement, stepping up a campaign against a result that they say threatens the livelihoods of voters.
"Manufacturing plants employ thousands of our constituents and their jobs will be immediately jeopardized if the UK does not leave the European Union without agreement," wrote in a letter some 209 lawmakers May and May's conservatives. of opposition. This "would cause unnecessary economic damage".
With less than three months left of Britain's planned departure from the European Union, Britain has still not specified how it would unfold. The agreement reached between May and 18 months of laborious talks with the bloc is expected to be the subject of a parliamentary vote later this month. This would put the country on the verge of collapse without an agreement, which would put the economy at risk as new tariffs and bureaucratic barriers would hinder trade with the EU.
May, Sunday, has redoubled efforts to convince his opponents in Parliament to back his Brexit deal, warning that the UK would be in "unknown territory" if they rejected his plan.
The Prime Minister confirmed Sunday that the vote would take place around January 15 and presented a three-part campaign to gain support for the agreement. It proposes to give Parliament greater influence over future trade agreements with the bloc, promising to say how the agreement will work in Northern Ireland and will ask the EU for further assurances.
"If the deal is not put to a vote in this upcoming vote, then we will end up in unknown territory," May told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show. "I do not think anyone can say exactly what will happen in terms of the reaction we will see in Parliament."
If she fails to gain the support of the House of Commons, May will leave open the dramatic option of a second referendum, while insisting that she does not want it. She suggested that Brexit without agreement would be on the agenda, which, according to the analysis of the Treasury and the Bank of England, could have devastating economic effects.
Conscious of the risks, lawmakers are preparing an action behind guard to thwart the chances of a Brexit without agreement. A multi-party group of conservatives and grassroots workers said on Sunday that they were seeking to amend the finance bill to ensure that its provisions prohibiting any agreement could only be implemented if Parliament allowed it. Conservatives, including former ministers Nicky Morgan, Oliver Letwin and Nick Boles, have put their name on the amendment.
Their objective is to ensure that a Brexit without a transaction can only be organized with the express consent of Parliament, which is unlikely given the opposition of legislators to such a result.
This is May's letter, dated December 17, but announced late Sunday by Caroline Spelman, the former Conservative minister who coordinated with Jack Dromey of Labor. Their campaign is also backed by manufacturing giants with factories in Britain, including Ford Motor Co., Airbus SE and Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc.
May invited the signatories to a meeting at Downing Street on Tuesday to hear their concerns. She repeated several times that the alternatives to her agreement were "disagree" or "no Brexit". But she refused to tell Marr which of the two solutions she preferred.
The debate on the agreement is expected to begin Wednesday, and the vote is scheduled to take place in the week of January 14. May was forced to postpone the crucial vote last month, recognizing that his plan would have been overwhelmingly rejected. Since then, she has had talks with European leaders, hoping to get new assurances, hoping that she will persuade skeptical politicians to back her deal. She told the BBC that she "always worked" on that.
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Brexiteer MPs of May's Conservative Party, and his supposed allies of the Northern Ireland Unionist Democratic Party, who supports his minority government, oppose the current agreement and many say they would be comfortable with a Brexit without agreement.
They are worried about what is called the "backstop", a fallback position that would come into effect if the UK and the EU could not conclude a trade deal of any kind. here at the end of 2020. They warn that the UK could be definitely tied to the EU's trade rules, while erecting barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK
"It's not meant to be used in the first place, and if it is, it's only temporary," May said of the backstop.
The Christmas holidays do not seem to have aroused opposition to the agreement. One of May's predecessors as a conservative leader, Iain Duncan Smith, wrote in the Mail on Sunday that "this deal simply does not work and, far from guaranteeing Brexit, it connects us with the lure. ; EU ". DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said on Sunday that there remain "fundamental problems" in the deal, and "the backstop remains the poison that makes any vote for the withdrawal agreement so toxic".
May refused six times to indicate whether she would ask for more votes if Parliament rejected the agreement. Instead, she warned pro-Brexit lawmakers not to let the perfect be the enemy of good, lest "we end up without Brexit".
The Premier also declined to say whether she would implement any decision by Parliament to hold a second plebiscite, saying "the House of Commons will be clear on these issues."
"In my opinion, there should not be a second referendum," said May. "It would divide our country."
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