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Theresa May’s Defeat Invites New Hurdles to No-Deal Brexit

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government suffered a tragic defeat in the UK parliament on Tuesday. The situation put new obstacles to No-Deal Brexit when lawmakers who oppose leaving the European Union without an accord won a vote. After the 303 to 296 defeat, the government needs explicit parliamentary approval to leave the EU without a deal before it can use certain powers relating to taxation law. This decision has reflected the weakness of May’s government and this would affect the Brexit deal which she has negotiated with the EU.

“This vote is an important step to prevent a no-deal Brexit. It shows that there is no majority in Parliament, the Cabinet or the country for crashing out of the EU without an agreement,” opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party said. However, the government didn’t give much importance to its defeat in the UK parliament. “This amendment does not change the fact that the UK is leaving the EU on the 29 March, and it will not stop the government from collecting tax,” a spokesman said. “We will work with Parliament to make sure that the tax system works smoothly in all Brexit scenarios.”

According to the current situation, May would be left with the only choice of leaving the bloc without any deal, if she fails to get approval for her deal. Opposition leaders cited political consequences and said no-deal Brexit could lead to dangers for manufacturers, jobs, food prices, policing and security. This is an important political victory which posses the ability to defeat the government. Before the Brexit day, still, a lot of other difficulties await the government’s path if it follows a no-deal exit.

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