A No-Deal Brexit Has To Be Ruled Out

So ist die Lage (Stand: heute) in Sachen Brexit…

Lothar Birkner

Brexit means Brexit. Is ist as simple? Surely not. The draft of the Brexit withdrawal agreement is 599 pages long. I dare say, hardly anyone had an idea in 2016 how many complicated and momentous individual questions had to be solved.

Today we are in a mess. There are 3 options on the table: 1. the actual withdrawal agreement 2. a no deal Brexit 3. Remain. None of these has a majority in parliament.

Amendments to the EU Withdrawal Act have already ensured that if MPs vote against it – as looks highly likely – the government must return to the House of Commons.

Yesterday’s amendment just accelerates that process. If May loses the vote on Tuesday, she will have to hold the ‘plan B’ vote within three sitting days – ie by Monday week.

Now, at most, she will have six days to extract meaningful concessions from Brussels. The…

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