Britain’s House of Commons rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan Tuesday by a thumping 432-202. This, probably the most crushing loss by a UK authorities in fashionable occasions, leaves the already divided nation in a state of even larger confusion.
No one’s certain what is going to occur now.
If May survives a no-confidence vote Wednesday, as anticipated, she’ll have just just a few days to submit an alternate plan for leaving the European Union.
But she plainly has no Plan B, although Britain is scheduled to exit the EU on March 29. That deadline could also be prolonged — however kicking the can received’t change a lot, because the EU refuses to supply the numerous concessions wanted to win Parliament’s approval.
Which leaves the nation taking a look at both a “hard Brexit,” with no divorce deal — or no Brexit in any respect.
We supported the 2016 vote that narrowly accepted Brexit, believing it could depart Britain free to make its personal selections on key points and likewise free from stifling EU over-regulation. But May’s plan would depart the UK inside the EU’s financial orbit, but with no means to affect EU coverage.
Little marvel, then, that it drew an enormous thumbs-down throughout the spectrum, together with a lot of May’s personal Conservative celebration.
That left her with little to supply however the specter of widespread chaos and financial ache amid a “hard Brexit” — although she herself has stated “no deal is better than a bad deal.”
It could be tough certainly, however at this level each potential threat is countered by even larger dangers. (That consists of staying within the more and more troubled EU.)
The solely broadly held consensus is that May’s dealing with of all of it has been abysmal. Yet Britain should muddle ahead and discover a way out of this mess. Weirdly sufficient, it could even preserve muddling underneath May.