No-deal cannot be govt. policy

The government of Prime Minister Theresa May cannot have a “managed no deal” as its policy for Brexit and that parliament needs to be able to extend the negotiating period with the European Union, says a committee of British lawmakers.

“Having taken a wide range of evidence on the implications of a no deal Brexit, the committee is clear that this cannot be allowed to happen,” Hilary Benn, chairman of parliament’s Brexit committee, said on Monday.

“MPs (lawmakers) must be able to vote on extending Article 50 if Parliament cannot reach agreement on a way forward before March 29,” Benn added.

With about two months left to the Brexit date — March 29, the United Kingdom is in the deepest political crisis in half a century as it grapples with how, or even whether, to exit the European project it joined in 1973.

May is engaged in a last-ditch bid to win support for a tweaked withdrawal agreement after parliament this month crushed…

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