David Cameron warns against no-deal Brexit

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2019

She said: "It surprised me again as it did last time how major the loss was".

Opponents of Brexit have warned that leaving without a plan will throw Britain's economy into turmoil, while backers have dismissed those concerns as exaggerated.

The potential move, which could lead to another general election in a bid to break the impasse at Westminster, comes as the prime minister all but lost control of the Brexit process following Tuesday night's defeat.

He has also joined forces with opposition MPs in a parliamentary amendment to stop a "no deal" Brexit, which will be voted on in parliament tonight.

Jeremy Corbyn will whip his MPs to vote against a plan that would see the United Kingdom crash out of Europe without agreements for future co-operation with Brussels.

But Sir Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley, Ms Flint both voted in favour of Mrs May's deal, along with fellow Labour colleague John Mann, who represents Bassetlaw.

The North West Cambridgeshire MP said: "Given no-deal Brexit is the Government's default position, will the Prime Minister kindly inform the House she will instruct the Chancellor to make available whatever funds are required to ensure the country is as best prepared as possible in the event we do leave on a no-deal basis".

"It is hard to see what more we can do", the statement said, adding that the latest vote "significantly increased" the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit.

MPs rejected by 374 votes to 164 an amendment from members of the Malthouse Compromise group of Tories from both Leave and Remain wings of the party.

Mrs May agreed but insisted her deal is a "good deal" and she wants the United Kingdom to leave with a good deal.

But ministers said products from the European Union including beef, pork, chicken, butter, cheese and fish would also be subject to import taxes expected to push up prices in the supermarkets from March 29 if there is no deal.

A Labour Party spokesman said: "Allowing a free vote on no deal shows Theresa May has given up any pretence of leading the country". Mrs May's massive defeat also opens the door to drastic options such as a general election or second referendum.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the government must accept its deal does not have the support of the House.

Boris Johnson is among leadership candidates sizing up their chances.

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