Brexit lorry experiment is waste of time, say truckers taking part

Dominic Grieve

Dominic Grieve

The vote on the current Brexit deal proposed by May's government is reportedly to take place on 15 January, with the formal debate kicking off in parliament on 9 January.

Britain is testing how its motorway and ferry system would handle a no-deal Brexit by sending a stream of trucks from a regional airport to the port of Dover - even as some legislators try to pressure the government to rule out the scenario.

As MPs prepare to return to Westminster with a crunch Commons vote looming on the Withdrawal Agreement thrashed out with Brussels, the Prime Minister said no alternative plan was able to respect the 2016 referendum result, protect jobs and provide certainty to citizens and businesses. They voted to come out.

In a letter published by United Kingdom newspaper the Mail on Sunday, May warned critics of her departure plan risk damaging Britain's democracy and weakening its economy by opposing her deal. "I don't see how the deal passes at the moment. the interesting thing will be how much it loses by at the first attempt", Anand Menon, a professor of European politics and foreign affairs at King's College London, told Al Jazeera.

May tried to sell her deal in a TV interview on the BBC on Sunday, roughly one week ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote on the agreement.

Theresa May said the United Kingdom faced a moment of "profound challenge" as she urged MPs to get behind her Brexit deal.

"We have got people who are promoting a second referendum in order to stop Brexit, and we have got people who want to see their flawless Brexit".

Former minister Halfon and ex-shadow cabinet minister Powell said: "As the chances of a no-deal Brexit are rising, today we are coming together, from different sides of the House of Commons, to make the case for a common sense Brexit deal".

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Ian Murray, a Labour MP and supporter of the Best for Britain campaign for a second referendum, said the trial was "utterly ludicrous".

"There will be new customs requirements that could cause particular challenges for roll-on-roll-off ferry ports which handle tens of thousands of [trucks] travelling between the UK and the European Union each day", Maritime UK's David Dingle said early past year.

But Mr Corbyn would be under pressure back another referendum if this proved impossible, with a YouGov poll suggesting support for another vote is high among Labour supporters.

Ms Thornberry said she believed that another general election was the most likely way of breaking the deadlock on Brexit, adding it could happen "within months". "We would,
I think at that point, need to
go back to the people
again".

The Bill, which goes to a vote on Tuesday, gives the Treasury the right to spend money on a no-deal Brexit - but the amendments would block such powers unless Parliament explicitly wants a no-deal or the government asks for the March 29 deadline be extended, the paper reported Cooper as saying.

But she added: "If Parliament says 'This is just nonsense, this is no better than Theresa May's [deal],' we will put our hands up to that".

"And it seems to me, at a personal level. that is the time when we would then say to people, "Now make your decision on what we have managed to conclude".

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