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LONDON United Kingdom (Xinhua) -- Pro-Brexit people rally [left] outside the parliament building in London. Anti-Brexit people protest [right] outside the parliament building in London.  British government confirmed Tuesday that a delayed parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal will take place on January 15, 2019. (XINHUA PHOTOS - TIM IRELAND

New call for 'No-deal Brexit' to be ruled out after
British Prime Minister suffers parliament defeat

LONDON 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 Brexit.

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 people.

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 for all."

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 no-deal Brexit.

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 parties.

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.


British Prime Minister condemns harassment of MPs and journalists

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 Westminster.


Brexit’s 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," Ohnsorge said.

"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 report.

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.





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