United Kingdom (Xinhua) --
Britain’s main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn
Tuesday night called for a no-deal Brexit to be
ruled out after Prime Minister Theresa May suffered
a major defeat in the House of Commons.
Twenty Conservative MPs helped inflict the defeat on
May when they supported a cross-party measure aimed
at blocking Britain leaving the European Union (EU)
with no deal.
Labour MP Yvette Cooper put forward an amendment
to the government’s crucial finance bill which is
making provision for taxation measures when Britain
leaves the bloc on March 29.
By 303 votes to 296, a margin of just seven, MPs
backed Cooper, leaving to a crippling blow for May
and her Brexit strategy.
After the result was announced, Cooper said it
showed the determination in parliament to come
together to prevent a chaotic and damaging No Deal
that would hit manufacturing, policing and security.
One leading London-based political commentator
described the result as the start of constitutional
trench warfare where Parliament will try to assert
its power over the executive to prevent a no-deal
The pro-Europe Guardian newspaper in London in a
major editorial commentary Tuesday night said the
government had failed and must go back to the
Corbyn welcomed the result and said the
government defeat will help prevent a no-deal Brexit.
In a statement he urged May to now rule out a
no-deal Brexit altogether.
He said: "This vote is an important step to
prevent a no deal Brexit. It shows that there is no
majority in parliament, the cabinet or the country
for crashing out of the EU without an agreement."
"That is why we are taking every opportunity
possible in parliament to prevent no deal.
"Theresa May must now rule out no deal once and
Supporters of Cooper’s amendment conceded that it
cannot stop a no-deal Brexit.
It is attached to a clause in a new finance bill
which gives the government power to keep some areas
of tax administration working in the event of a
The amendment aims to prevent the government from
implementing no-deal provisions in the bill without
the consent of the British parliament.
During the debate Cooper, a former opposition
home affairs spokesperson, told MPs they had a
responsibility to prevent Britain leaving Europe
with no deal.
Cooper said she put forward the amendment because
she was really worried that delays, drift or
brinkmanship meant that there is now a serious risk
Britain will end up crashing out of the EU with no
deal in just 80 days.
MPs resume debate in the House of Commons
Wednesday on May’s Brexit Withdrawal Bill which has
been highly criticised by politicians from all
A vote on the bill should have taken place last
month, but was called off when May’s advisors told
her it faced defeat in the House of Commons.
Many leading commentators believe that despite a
last-minute charm offensive by May, it still faces
defeat next week.
The eventual result will depend on what
concessions May can get from Brussels to allay fears
about the bill among MPs.
These center mainly on the fate of the border
between British-controlled Northern Ireland and the
neighboring Irish Republic which is an EU member.
Minister condemns harassment of MPs and
LONDON United Kingdom
(Xinhua) -- British Prime
Minister Theresa May on Wednesday condemned abuse
and harassment of MPs and journalists, days after
one MP was intimidated outside the parliament house
because her stance on Brexit.
May told MPs in the parliament that politicians
and the media should be able to go about their work
without harassment and threats.
"The whole house will join me in condemning these
threats," she said.
The prime minister’s comments came after Anna
Soubry was shouted at and called "a liar" during
live TV interviews.
The former minister, a supporter of a fresh
Brexit referendum, was later called "scum" and
jostled as she tried to re-enter the Palace of
negative effect on UK, euro zone could spill
over: World Bank official
LONDON United Kingdom
(Xinhua) -- A disorderly
Brexit represents one of the unknown political
threats to the global economy, with a potential to
harm not just the British economy but the euro
economy and neighboring economies dependent on the
eurozone, according to a World Bank official.
The scale of damage that could be caused by a
disorderly Brexit of the Britain from the European
Union (EU) cannot be gauged at this time, Franziska
Ohnsorge, manager of World Bank’s Development
Prospects Group, told journalists at a press
briefing here Tuesday.
"Brexit is a risk to UK growth, but a disorderly
Brexit is a threat to euro area growth and a lot of
countries rely heavily on euro area for trade,"
"The ones that rely most on trade with the euro
area are in eastern Europe, such as Bulgaria and
Georgia, and also North Africa."
Ohnsorge said that two of the main risks to
global economic growth in 2019 were "disorderly
financial market disruptions, and policy or
political uncertainty which can feed into financial
market disruption," adding that Brexit was one of
these potential threats to stability.
"If anything derails euro area growth, it will be
felt in emerging markets.
"It is a risk to emerging market and developing
economy growth," she added.
Ohnsorge was speaking at the launch of the World
Bank’s annual review of the world economy, Global
Economic Prospects, and is lead author of the
Ohnsorge said British growth for 2018 was now
expected to have slowed to 1.3 percent, and for 2019
she forecast 1.4 percent growth.
According to Global Economic Prospect, euro area
growth would be 2.5 percent in 2019, down from 2.9
percent last year, slowing further in 2020 to 1.7
percent and to 1.6 percent in 2021.