Britain has a Brexit backup plan if talks fail, says minister

20 Mars, 2017, 20:41 | Auteur: Djeferson Maurice
  • Theresa May accused the SNP if playing politics with the future of the UK with a vote that would create uncertainty and division

Ministers are hopeful the Commons will overturn the Lords amendments in a vote on Monday, although some europhile Conservative MPs may rebel.

Britain's Brexit Secretary David Davis had called on Parliament over the weekend to not block the bill any longer or "tie the prime minister's hands" over Parliament getting a final vote on the deal and on European Union citizens' rights in the UK.

The breakup began with a June 2016 referendum in which British voters narrowly chose to leave the EU.The vote appeared to be driven by anti-establishment sentiments and the feeling the EU governing structure has taken too much control away from the common British citizen.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has granted royal assent to the Brexit bill, paving the way for Prime Minister Theresa May to start the country's departure from the European Union.

No country has left the European Union since the Maastricht Treaty on establishing the EU was signed in 1992.

The means the Bill will now be sent back to the House of Lords, who will again debate it tonight.

Last night (Monday), the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was passed through both Houses of Parliament without amendments.

May's majority in the Commons is only slim, which has led to calls from senior Tories for a snap election to bolster her support as Britain heads into the Brexit negotiations.

Mrs May's official spokesman played down suggestions that the PM had delayed notification due to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's announcement that she plans to stage a second independence referendum in the run-up to the expected date of Brexit in spring 2019.

The prospect of the United Kingdom and European Union failing to secure a trade agreement after Brexit negotiations would be "unthinkable" and we can only live in hope that common sense prevails in the end, the deputy director at an influential Brussels-based think tank told CNBC on Wednesday.

In a letter to the Mrs May, The former deputy prime minister said that unlike her, he had not changed his mind having backed Remain before the referendum.

May has revealed little of her strategy but has a long wish list - wanting to win a free trade deal, maintain security cooperation, regain control over immigration and restore sovereignty over British laws.

But International Trade Secretary Liam Fox was less bullish, claiming any failure to secure a deal would be "bad" for Britain.