0 Have your say Eight eight per cent of UK businesses have called for an extension of Article 50 rather than crash out of the EU with no deal in place. Ahead of this evening’s vote in Westminster on whether to extend Article 50, a CBI survey says that nearly 9 in 10 firms want it to pass if the alternative was to leave the EU with no deal.The survey of 273 firms was across the services, manufacturing, and distribution sectors and found that:88% want an extension8% don’t want an extensionThe remainder of respondents answered, ‘don’t know’.Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General, said: “An overwhelming majority of businesses want an extension to Article 50 which should be as short as possible, but as long as is necessary.“Business wants this resolved now, so any extra time must be used by MPs to finally craft a solution that protects livelihoods and communities across the UK. This demands a new approach from politicians … [Read more...] about Nine out of 10 businesses back extending Article 50
It is another big day in Parliament as MPs turn their attention to the issue of whether there should be an extension to Article 50, giving the government more time to draw up its Brexit deal.The Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to come under further pressure after a turbulent and dramatic day which saw her suffer two bruising defeats in The Commons as MPs voted to scrap the idea of a ' No Deal' Brexit.We will be following all today's important events with our live blog and our political editor Paul Francis will be providing commentary and analysis throughout the day.And if you want to join the debate today don't forget to use the hashtag #kentbrexitThursday 8.09am Catch up on yesterday's events whenMPs voted twice to scrap the option of keeping a Brexit no-deal on the table. 7.55am Welcome to day three of Brexit votingWednesday 8.30pm There are reports 17 government ministers and four cabinet members who did not support the government tonight, by either voting against Theresa May … [Read more...] about Blog: MPs vote on Article 50
As Parliament prepares to vote to extend Article 50 there are clear signs that the battle lines are hardening over any request for an extension. In recent days there has been a chorus of warnings from key EU figures warning that any British request for an extension of the two-year negotiating period must come with a “credible” plan for next steps. Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said the EU wants a “reasoned” request for an extension, while Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament brexit co-ordinator, said there must be a “clear opinion” from the House of Commons on what it wants. Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, was even blunter, saying the UK needs to show a “constructive... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one … [Read more...] about Will the EU allow an Article 50 extension that will delay Brexit?
Folks, it’s time to wrap up the blog for the night. I’ll be back in a few hours to launch a new Politics live blog, bringing you all of Thursday’s Brexit and other political news. A reminder of what’s on the agenda for Thursday: Parliament will vote on a motion that sets next Wednesday as the deadline for MPs to pass a Brexit deal. It says, if a deal is passed by then, the government will seek an extension of article 50 until 30 June. But if the deal is not passed by then, then the government will need a longer extension, requiring the UK to take part in European elections. Thanks so much for your company and your comments. See you soon. … [Read more...] about MPs told to pass Brexit deal by next Wednesday or face long article 50 extension
Brexit day is meant to be 29 March 2019. But now MPs have rejected no deal and the deal on the table, it seems certain the talks will go into extra time. How does that work? Extending Brexit is a job for EU leaders, say numerous diplomatic sources. The EU’s 27 heads of state and government would have to decide unanimously at an EU summit on Thursday 21 March. But first the UK has to ask. The EU cannot consider the question until the British government makes a formal request to extend article 50. Would the EU say yes? Probably. While any single country has the right to block a Brexit extension, most diplomats think the EU would agree, although this cannot be taken for granted. The wildcard is that EU leaders have never discussed the issue and often take a stricter line than officials. In December, for example, EU leaders decided it would be pointless granting the UK further legal assurances on the Irish backstop, concluding that another legal paper was unlikely to sway MPs in … [Read more...] about Brexit: how would an extension to article 50 work?