UK Cabinet Starts Talks on 2nd Brexit Referendum - Liberal Democrats Party

UK Cabinet Starts Talks on 2nd Brexit Referendum - Liberal Democrats Party

The prime minister invited the leaders of the main opposition parties for immediate talks on how to resolve the Brexit impasse after her exit deal was rejected by a record 230 votes on Tuesday night.

And speaking on his LBC show, James summed up the position we now find ourselves in.

France has put in motion a contingency plan to deal with an eventual "hard Brexit", Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on January 17, including 50 million euros ($57 million) of investments to help ports and airports cope.

"But she won't talk to Jeremy Corbyn because she won't do the thing that the Chancellor says they are going to do".

James O'Brien in the LBC studio.

"There is absolutely no parliamentary support for this", said Labour M.P. Ian Murray.

She said: "The House has put its confidence in this government".

The MPs said if Mr Corbyn's efforts to secure an early general election did not succeed, the party should "unequivocally" back a public vote. "No longer can it be said that opinion has not moved significantly since the referendum".

"The fact that my team are willing to continue talking to her team of senior ministers this morning suggests that at least there is a willingness to explore these things", the Lib Dem leader said.

Earlier this month, former trade secretary and senior Tory Lord Peter Lilley accused the government of trying to "play up the supposed horrors" of leaving the European Union in a bid to persuade hesitant MPs to vote for the deal she had agreed with the EU.

May said she was "disappointed" that Corbyn had not taken up her offer for a meeting to discuss a way forward after her divorce deal with the European Union was rejected by parliament this week.

Britain, which would face by far the biggest disruption, has devoted thousands of civil servants and several billion pounds (dollars) on measures to mitigate the worst effect - although officials can only speculate about what will actually happen on March 30 if Brexit happens without a deal. The British parliament on Tuesday rejected overwhelmingly the Brexit deal. "And I intend to do so", May said outside Downing Street in an attempt to address voters directly.

Mr Hammond began the call by explaining that the defeat raised two questions; can Article 50 be revoked and "whether we can somehow take the option of no deal off the table".

Though he acknowledged that the Government was "not in control" of events on Monday, Mr Hammond stressed: "It is not within their power to mandate any future course of action, that would be for a Government to do".

"I propose we negotiate with Europe to extend Article 50 for one year not as a delaying tactic but for a goal; that we agree, and the European Union accepts, a unique democratic innovation - the convening of nationwide citizens' assemblies".

Philippe announced that 50 million euros would be invested in ports and airports in France which he said "are obviously the places most affected by the changes needed" in the event of Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal.

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