Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Britain testing 'no-deal' scenario as Brexit vote nears

Britain testing 'no-deal' scenario as Brexit vote nears

A deal setting out the terms of the United Kingdom's divorce from the European Union has been agreed to between the prime minister and the European Union, but it must pass a vote in Britain's Parliament before it is formally adopted.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has reiterated that a delayed parliamentary vote on her widely maligned Brexit deal will go ahead later this month and warned the United Kingdom would enter "uncharted territory" should it be rejected by MPs.

Prime Minister Theresa May's government wants to establish whether the abandoned airport can be utilized as a mass holding area for HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicle) to ease congestion and traffic queues for lorries making their way to Dover to transport goods to Calais in France and beyond.

In a series of posts on Twitter, he said: "Routing lorries via Manston is not the answer".

For the rest of the morning, the vehicles moved in convoys back and forth to the port of Dover, down a single carriageway.

The council's highway manager Toby Howe said carrying out the DfT-led trial earlier "wouldn't have really made any difference", adding: "We've still got a couple of months to make any changes we need to make in time".

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"This is a taxpayer-funded farce", Moran said.

But pro-Europeans fear Britain's exit will hammer the economy and undermine the West as it grapples with Donald Trump's unpredictable US presidency and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China.

"Today's trial can not possibly duplicate the reality of 4,000 trucks being held at Manston airport in the event of a no-deal Brexit", the RHA's chief executive Richard Burnett said in a statement.

"Too little too late - window dressing", he added. The EU has signalled it may try to allay the fears of May's critics but will not renegotiate the deal.

May said on Sunday that Britain would be in uncharted territory if her Brexit deal is rejected by parliament.

The vote, pencilled in for Jan 15 or 16, was pulled at the last minute in December when it became clear more than 100 Conservative Party lawmakers were going to opposite it.

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The letter has been backed by business organisations such as the Confederation of British Industry, manufacturers' organisation EEF, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable and Green MP Caroline Lucas also tabled an amendment to stop the Treasury raising income or corporation tax unless parliament approved a deal.

The spokesman added: "We are working to deliver on the prime minister's deal to leave the European Union with a deal the bills which are now being considered by parliament are trade bill, agriculture bill, fisheries bill, healthcare bill, immigration bill and financial services bill, all of which are at different stages in either the first or the second house".

Asked about a report that Parliament may have to sit through half term and weekends to ensure the necessary legislation is on the statute book by Brexit day, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "What we are committed to doing is ensuring the statute book is ready for exit day".

Mrs May held talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday and the pair are expected to keep in touch this week as the clock ticks down to the Commons showdown.

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