By Tony O'Riley-
British prime minister Theresa May told Mps that despite their decision to vote against any possibility of leaving the EU without a deal, unless they agree a deal, it will be the default position that the Uk will leave the EU without a deal. Mps voted against the Uk.
Ms May said:The legal default position in Uk and EU law is that the Uk will leave without a deal, unless something else is agreed. The onus is now on everyone in the House to find out what that is” the chance to vote on Thursday over whether to request an extension to Article 50.
If we can support a deal “in the coming days,” it will allow the government to seek a short delay to Brexit. However, if parliament cannot agree upon a deal May has warned that the delay will have to be longer.
“Such an extension would undoubtedly require the UK to hold European Parliament elections in May 2019,” May said. “I do not think that would be the right outcome. But the House needs to face up to the consequences of the decisions it has taken”.
May’s comments makes sense, but it may be that parliament need longer time to decide what the ideal deal is. The trouble is that parliament has had long enough to agree a deal, but has so far failed to do so. An extension of article 50 now seems inevitable, but the EU is not at all pleased with any of this.