House of Commons: Brexit saga continues

The Brexit saga continues on Monday night with the British parliament being asked to vote on four alternative courses of the Brexit option.These counterproposals come as a response to the thrice-rejected Brexit deal brought to the parliament by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Spectators are anxious to see the future trajectory of Brexit at a time when only eleven days remain before the official exodus of Britain from the European Union and the absence of a concrete plan of action being in place to steer both parties into an organised breakup.

The Four Motions under Discussion

The Speaker of House of Commons, John Bercow, announced on Monday afternoon the four options put into the table of deliberations for Members of Parliament (MPs) to discuss and vote on.

The first option entails a softer Brexit option remaining in the customs union. The proposal was put forward by Tory Chancellor Ken Clarke. The second option came again from the Conservative camp with Tory MP Nick Boles recommending a common market 2.0 solution. The third option comes from the Labour party with MP Peter Kyle requesting the presence of a confirmatory referendum by the British peoples before the parliament carries on with a particular Brexit proposal. Finally, the last proposal came from Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Joanna Cherry. The last proposition requests the House to stop a no-deal, disorderly Brexit.

Additional proposals were filed but were rejected by the House Speaker as they were literally last minute proposals not thoroughly reviewed as the four previous options. Of them, the most important albeit rejected proposal came from Labour party representatives envisioning complete alignment with the customs union and European single market.

Preliminary Results

The customs union proposal set out by the Conservative Ken Clarke appears to be so far the most supported option in the House. The plan envisages a permanent customs union between Britain and the E.U. embedded within the forthcoming Brexit deal. The agreement, if endorsed, will diminish backstop problems in the Northern Irish borderline and ensure seamless continuation of trade from Britain to Europe and vice versa. Indicative screenings on imported and exported products will only be undertaken for security and not tariffs imposition purposes. However, a drawback of the particular motion lies in that Britain would be unable to negotiate bilateral deals with different states. The motion was the most well-endorsed plan in preliminary House deliberation, yet still not security a majority rule for six votes short.

The Common Market 2.0 motion envisages a Norway-style deal concluded for Britain. Britain would remain in the single market and freedom of movement would be guaranteed. So far 188 MPs voted in favour while 283 rejected the plan.

The Referendum motion prescribes that a referendum will take place before the Parliament officially approves a Brexit deal. The results indicate 268 MPs in favour of the motion but 295 against.

The last motion, entitled Parliamentary Supremacy, envisages a no-deal disorderly Brexit and takes precautionary steps to avert this realisation. Under the motion, the Parliament would ask for extension of the Brexit deadline. In case their request is not granted by EU authorities, some hours before the deadline approaches, the Parliament would vote on a disorderly Brexit or unilateral revocation of Article 50. Previous votes have dismissed pleas to avert a forthcoming Brexit even though none until today discussed the possibility of tying a disorderly Brexit with a vote on Article 50 revocation. This motion is currently the biggest point of contention in the House and no voting has taken place yet.

Meanwhile a bunch of naked protestors stormed into the House of Commons to protest against the diplomatic impasse of Brexit deliberations and exert additional pressure on MPs to reach to a consensual vote.

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