Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Japan voices concern over further Brexit uncertainty after vote to delay

Japan voices concern over further Brexit uncertainty after vote to delay

British Prime Minister Theresa May has just had one of the most tumultuous weeks in her political career.

"As a delay was passed by Parliament, I want to see deal agreed ASAP so we can minimize to short, technical, extension".

Talks between the DUP and Mr Hammond came on the same day EU Agricultural Commissioner Phil Hogan told Irish farmers to stay calm and accused the British government of a "political stunt" over its no-deal tariff statement.

Unless May can get a Brexit deal approved by the British parliament, then she will have to decide whether to delay or cancel Brexit or thrust the world's fifth largest economy into chaos by leaving without a deal.

It looks like MPs will be asked to vote on the prime minister's deal for the third time before March 20.

Former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who joined marchers Saturday, said that "if politicians think they can walk all over us, we're going to march back and tell them they can't". Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hopes that by supporting the second vote this will stop "a damaging Tory Brexit".

Lawmakers are expected to be given a vote on Thursday on whether they want to seek an extension to the Article 50 negotiation period.

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So, what happens on March 29?

On Wednesday, MPs voted on two amendments before a government amendment ruling out a no-deal Brexit. They have amended various business motions to try to carve out some parliamentary time (the government normally controls the agenda) to change the process by which parliament was considering Brexit.

Speaking during his annual St Patrick's Day tour of the US, Mr Varadkar said: "President Tusk will come to Dublin on Tuesday for meetings with me, in advance of the European Council summit later in the week, to consider any requests that come from the United Kingdom at that point for an extension". European Union leaders will be meeting in Brussels on March 21, which would be the moment to ask for an extension.

There were glimmers of hope for May yesterday as some Tory rebels, including Daniel Kawczynski, a member of the European Research Group of hardline Brexiters, revealed they were preparing to back the deal.

But if the Commons has not passed a resolution approving the negotiated withdrawal agreement by March 20, then the motion said it is "highly likely" the European Council would require a "clear objective for any extension" and to determine its length. "Labour would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that there are no tariffs with Europe, and help avoid any need for a hard border in Northern Ireland", the party said.

"No extension should be granted beyond July 1 unless the European Parliament elections are held at the mandatory date", the paper said, as quoted by the Financial Times.

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