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Brexit: I am going to see this through, says Theresa May

16 November 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May has brought a deal by which the UK would be stuck in an "indefinite half-way house without any real say" Amidst the scandal UK Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has resigned from his post over his opposition to the draft withdrawal agreed by the UK Cabinet on Wednesday.

These decisions were not taken lightly - but I believe it is a decision that is firmly in the national interest.

May told MPs: "Delivering Brexit involves hard choices for all of us".

They also believe May has conceded too much to Brussels in other key areas, while European Union supporters are calling for a second referendum on a final deal.

With her party in revolt, her colleagues departing - some determined to usher her out of office - we can't, and don't know yet, if Brexit can happen as planned, perhaps, if at all. "We are also prepared for a no deal scenario - but of course we are best prepared for a no-Brexit scenario".

British Prime Minister Theresa May had announced on Wednesday night that her cabinet had backed a proposal after a meeting she described as a "long, detailed and impassioned debate", adding that the deal was "the best that could be negotiated".

A group of hardline Brexiteers, led by MP Jacob Rees-Mogg submitted a letter of no-confidence in May. He asked rhetorically in Parliament, "should I not write" to Graham Brady, who heads a committee governing Conservative leadership contests.

"I can not reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election".

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We will still be in the Customs Union, our industry will be unable to cut import tariffs, we would be still unable to make any trade deals with, for instance with the U.S., who are very willing to do so as indeed are all the Commonwealth countries.

Jo Johnson, the younger brother of Boris, who resigned as foreign secretary over Brexit in July, set the ball rolling last week after he resigned as transport minister over what he called Theresa May's "delusional" Brexit plans.

He was followed out of the government by Work and Pensions Secretary Esther Mcvey.

Amid the political turmoil, the pound plunged on currency markets, falling 1.7 percent to $1.27, its second biggest drop after it fell 1.73 percent against the USA dollar in September.

But MPs lined up to tell Mrs May that it could not pass, Brexit hardliners who see the deal as conceding too much to Brussels, to European Union supporters, several of whom called during Thursday's session for a second referendum.

May has supporters in her party, and they argued Thursday that the alternatives - leaving the trading bloc without a deal or a second vote on Brexit - were not realistic options.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has expressed concerns over the flow of medicine into Britain following a potential no-deal Brexit.

And then there is also the remote possibility that Britain holds a second referendum on Brexit, in which case it might have to go through all this all over again.

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May will give a statement to parliament on Thursday on the deal which she hopes will satisfy both Brexit voters and European Union supporters by ensuring close ties with the bloc after Britain leaves on March 29.

But the parliamentary arithmetic is against May, who was repeatedly told by her MPs and others that the agreement will be defeated in the House of Commons.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called on all MPs to vote against what he described as a bad deal.

Ms May also accused the Labour party of trying to "frustrate Brexit" during the meeting.

Ms May was preparing to start selling her Brexit deal to parliament, boosted by news that Europe is preparing a rapid summit to sign off on the agreement.

"It's devastating because he's been aware of all of these things and has clearly been raising these alarm bells with the prime minister, but it sounds like he has been ignored", he said.

Some economists say a "no-deal" Brexit would cost each member of the British public approximately 800 pounds (about $1,000) per year, given the expected higher prices for goods.

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Brexit: I am going to see this through, says Theresa May