British Prime Minister Theresa May is certainly doing it tough, trying to make everyone involved happy with the plans for an orderly Brexit.
With her divorce deal being voted down in parliament a couple of weeks ago, May has struggled to make worthy changes to the withdrawal plan that will give it the support it needs.
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused to help in any way until a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is no longer an option.
And now, with the EU refusing to accept any alternative withdrawal deal that May manages to come up with, the likelihood of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is greater than ever.
EU says no to amendments
European Council President Donald Tusk broke the troubling news after the Commons vote on Tuesday over a potential amendment to May’s divorce deal.
The amendment involved replacing the Irish backstop border arrangement with unspecified ‘alternative arrangements’, as RAW reports.
Tusk explained via a spokesman:
‘The Withdrawal agreement is and remains the best and only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
‘The backstop is part of the Withdrawal Agreement, and the Withdrawal Agreement is not open for renegotiation.’
The ultimate stand-off
But while May faces yet another refusal of her efforts, the ‘no-deal’ avoidance saga battles on.
The same Commons vote gave rise to a non-binding agreement ruling out a no-deal Brexit. Regarding this play, Tusk approved:
‘We welcome and share the UK parliament’s ambition to avoid a no-deal scenario. We continue to urge the UK government to clarify its intentions with respect to its next steps as soon as possible.’
But what frustrates us here at The Australian Tribune is this constant jabbering of a lack of clear intention. The intentions are loud and clear, they just don’t align.
British parliament do not accept May’s divorce deal as a viable way to exit the EU, while the Union will accept nothing but.
Someone has to give at some point. Ideally, before 29 March. Otherwise, say bye-bye to Brexit. Or at least, bye-bye for now.
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