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Theresa May wanted the third vote on her deal: Now it has failed again. This makes a hard Brexit even more likely.

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The British Parliament has rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal for the third time. In the lower house, 286 MPs voted in favor, 344 MPs voted against. May said afterwards that parliament had said “no” to everything so far. The consequences of the decision are serious, because there is no longer enough time to negotiate a new agreement. At the same time, Parliament also decided that an exit without a deal was an option. 

If the UK wants a longer delay, it will almost certainly have to vote in the European elections. Unless further postponement is negotiated with the EU, Great Britain will have to leave the EU on April 12th. You will continue to fight for an orderly Brexit, said May. But you fear that Parliament will reach its limits. On Monday, Parliament should again deal with Brexit.

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Shortly after the decision, EU Council President Donald Tusk announced that the heads of state and government of the EU would meet for a special summit on April 10th.  

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 The House of Commons had previously rejected the deal that May had negotiated with the EU as a whole twice. Parliament President John Bercow initially prevented a third vote. In doing so, he relied on a 415-year-old rule according to which one and the same bill cannot be put to the vote as often as desired.

Third vote with trick enabled

To enable the third vote at all, May used a trick: The treaty package for leaving the EU was split into two parts. In the afternoon, the MPs only voted on the exit treaty, but not on the Political Declaration on future relations. Bercow had accepted this approach.

After the Northern Irish DUP, which supports May’s conservative Tory government, announced that it would vote against the deal for the third time, everything looked like May would be defeated again early in the day. The leader of the opposition Labor party, Jeremy Corbyn, had also called on MPs to vote “no”. Several conservative Brexit hardliners had announced that they would vote for the deal after May had promised to step down if their deal won a majority this time.  

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 The Brexit treaty only regulates Great Britain’s exit from the EU. It is an international agreement. The future relationships, on the other hand, should not be legally binding until after the Brexit day, in the roughly two-year transition phase. The Political Declaration is a guide to this.

Sources used: dpa news agency live stream of the debate and vote (English)

Total Brexit chaos in London: the British Prime Minister pulls out all the stops to save her Brexit deal after all. Meanwhile, the MPs also reject the proposed alternatives.

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The British Prime Minister Theresa May wants to give up her office prematurely if the Brexit agreement is approved. May said on Wednesday in front of a group of Conservative MPs in London. Shortly afterwards, in the evening, Parliament rejected all eight alternative proposals submitted to the deal negotiated with Brussels.

She will not lead the next phase of the Brexit negotiations, May said. She now hopes to be able to present her deal to MPs for a third time this week. She has already failed twice with the agreement in the lower house.

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But there does not seem to be a majority in parliament for alternatives either. In a test vote, MPs rejected various variants of closer ties to the EU, as did a second referendum or an exit without an agreement.

In return, government representatives had temporarily taken control of the agenda in the lower house out of hand. With the “indicative votes”, the parliament wanted to sound out which options there is a majority for – but the quarreling MPs made no progress. You have also reserved next Monday for your purposes, then there will be further votes.

DUP still does not want to support the deal

Prime Minister May said: “I am prepared to leave this post earlier than intended in order to do the right thing for our country and for our party.” She knows that there is also a desire for new leadership – “I will not stand in the way”. However, May did not give an exact time for her resignation.

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon immediately criticized May’s approach: “If Brexit is ultimately enforced on the basis of a deal that no one supports – a deal that is so bad that the Prime Minister even has to promise her resignation to him get through – it will make an already bad project worse. “

The Northern Irish party DUP, on whose votes May’s minority government has been dependent since a failed new election, wants the head of government to refuse to follow suit in a renewed vote on the deal.  

Last weekend, media reports speculated about possible interim successors for May. These include the EU-friendly Deputy Prime Minister David Lidington and the Brexit supporter and Environment Minister Michael Gove. Both were extremely loyal to the Prime Minister.

Bercow could endanger May’s deal

In mid-January and mid-March, the Brexit agreement in parliament had crashed. But May’s opponents such as ex-foreign minister Boris Johnson and the arch-conservative Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg signaled that they could now support the deal.

Again, May could thwart the President of Parliament John Bercow: He questioned another vote. Bercow reminded the government that only substantial changes to the deal can warrant another vote. He caused a stir last week when he initially ruled out another vote on the agreement, citing a 415-year-old rule. Critics accuse him of partiality in favor of the EU-friendly MPs.

There were words of warning from the European Union. EU Council President Donald Tusk called on the European Parliament to support a further postponement of Brexit and the participation of the British in the European elections at the end of May if necessary. There is a “growing majority of people” in the UK who want to stay in the EU, said Tusk in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. These people should not be betrayed.

With his remarks, Tusk alluded to the fact that the European Parliament had previously criticized the possibility of a longer Brexit postponement. MEPs fear that in the European elections in May, many British EU opponents could again be elected to parliament. Such thinking is unacceptable, said Tusk now. He also referred to the roughly six million Britons who had recently signed an online petition for Britain to remain in the EU, and to the roughly one million people who took to the streets for a new referendum last weekend.

The UK was originally supposed to leave the EU on Friday. Brussels recently offered London to postpone Brexit until May 22nd. The condition for this is, however, that the House of Commons approves the exit contract this week. Otherwise, the extension is only valid until April 12th. In that case, London should tell the EU how to proceed before this date.


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Should Great Britain leave the community of states without an agreement, dramatic consequences for the economy and many other areas of life are expected.

Almost three years ago, the British voted with a narrow majority in a referendum to leave the EU.

The British also grant freedom of expression to eccentric reactionaries. But disagreement with the German extreme right? That goes too far for many, as Brexit hardliner Rees-Mogg is currently experiencing.

The EU opponent and Brexit hardliner Jacob Rees-Mogg is one of the toughest internal party critics of the British Prime Minister Theresa May. The Tory backbencher has voted against May’s exit agreement with the EU several times, flirting with a hard Brexit. Now the 49-year-old is massively criticized – because of a tweet.

In it, Rees-Mogg linked a speech by Alice Weidel in the Bundestag, in which the AfD leader of the parliamentary group sharply criticized the German attitude towards Brexit. Rees-Mogg quotes Weidel with the question: “Who is surprised that the British suspect evil will behind every maneuver from Brussels?” An alliance with the German extreme right? That goes too far for many Britons.

“We mustn’t let them win”

“Jacob Rees-Mogg, one of the most powerful players in the UK’s ruling Conservative Party, has just expressed his support for the openly racist German AfD,” wrote Jeremy Cliffe, the Brussels office manager of the British magazine “Economist”, in most cases British election campaigns for the Conservative Party. 

The opposition Social Democratic Labor Party MP David Lammy wrote: “Jacob Rees-Mogg is promoting Germany’s openly racist AfD party. The proudest moment in our history was the victory over the extreme right. Now we should sit back and watch like racists , Nationalists and isolationists tear Europe apart again. We must not let them win. ” Labor Deputy Leader Tom Watson said: “No wonder there is a battle for the soul of the Tory Party when one of its MPs thinks it appropriate to join forces with such politics.”

British media asked Rees-Mogg why he was quoting the AfD of all people or published analyzes of the proximity between the Tories and parties on the right-wing fringes – with some of them, including AfD representatives, the Tories sat in the European Parliament in the “European Conservatives” faction Reformer”. 

This is how Rees-Mogg justifies himself

When asked about the criticism, Rees-Mogg told the radio station LBC: “No, no, I do not support the AfD. But this was an important speech in the Bundestag because it provides a German perspective on Brexit and says to the Germans: ‘You will pay for it ‘while the Chancellor has agreed to meet the French to the detriment of Germany. ”  

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 The clip with Weidel’s speech, which Rees-Moog shared on Twitter, comes from a YouTube channel that specializes in speeches by European right-wing extremists. Contributions from the French Front National or the Italian Lega can be seen there, for example. There is also propaganda against feminism and anti-racism there.

Sources used: Jacob Rees-Mogg’s own research tweet

The hope of migrants from Greece to get to Central Europe is not fading – and is now being rekindled. Rumors of “hardliners” trigger an escalation.

Hundreds of migrants have reportedly tried to break police barriers in front of a refugee camp near the Greek port city of Thessaloniki. Your goal on Friday was to march north and get to Central Europe.

The Ministry of Migration spoke of hardliners who had spread rumors with “dark goals”. The migrants are said to have assumed that Greece’s northern border with North Macedonia was open. There were scuffles with the riot police, as reported on Greek television. The tension has been going on for two days.

Balkan route largely closed

During the height of the migration crisis around three years ago, a border fence was built along the border between Greece and North Macedonia. This is still standing and is being monitored. The so-called Balkan route to Central Europe has thus been largely closed. It leads from Greece via North Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary to Central Europe. In 2015 and 2016, more than a million migrants reached Germany via this route. 

Hundreds of migrants also gathered in Athens on Friday in the main train station and demanded to be allowed to travel to northern Greece by train. This most important train station in the country had to be closed on Friday, as the railway directorate (Trainose) announced. Humanitarian organizations and the government in Athens called on migrants to return to the refugee camps.    

The idea of ​​a march north is said to have been spread on the Internet. Accordingly, the border between Greece and North Macedonia should be opened to migrants if migrants go there en masse. “It is a lie that the border should be opened. That will not happen,” said Greek migration minister Dimitris Vitsas on state television ERT. So far, 700 people are ready to set off north in one camp in northern Greece alone. The United Nations Relief Organization (UNHCR) also warned migrants not to believe rumors that the border would be opened.

Police criticize “hardliners” among migrants

The police criticized the fact that some migrants in the refugee camp in Diavata near Thessaloniki used women and children as a kind of vanguard to overcome the barriers of the police, reported reporters on the spot.



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