Britain Stages Mass Truck Jam to Prepare for No-Deal Brexit

Anti-Brexit campaigners Borders Against Brexit protest outside Irish Government buildings in Dublin Ireland

Anti-Brexit campaigners Borders Against Brexit protest outside Irish Government buildings in Dublin Ireland

The EU has signalled it may try to allay the fears of May's critics but will not renegotiate the deal.

All three Sunderland MPs have signed a cross-party letter to Theresa May calling on the Prime Minister to rule-out a No Deal Brexit.

Up to 150 lorries are expected to take part in the exercise as the government begins its first major test of plans for possible border disruption in the event a deal is not done. But it needs to pass a vote by MPs before it is accepted.

With the United Kingdom preparing to leave the European Union on March 29, more Britons now say they want to remain a member nation, according to a new survey published Sunday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's aides are believed to be planning to make parliament's approval of her Brexit deal conditional on Brussels providing further concessions, specifically on the thorny issue of the Irish backstop, the Telegraph reported on Sunday (Jan 6).

The campaign said she was "badly mistaken" and it was highlighting that Labour would "suffer its worst electoral defeat since the 1930s if it continued promising to enable some sort of Brexit to go ahead".

The Conservative MP also drew example from his constituency, where he says a business owner told him that in the event of a no deal Brexit, about a third of his 60 staff "would have to go".

The prime minister has said she would work to get more European Union "assurances" on the temporary nature of the backstop, but has repeatedly said that the current deal was final.

"It's still hard to see any upside to Brexit", said Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which said new vehicle sales in 2018 fell at their fastest rate since the global financial crisis a decade ago.

Without some activity from Brussels Mrs May is expected to lose the so-called meaningful vote, which was postponed in December when it became clear the Government would be defeated.

He said a week was "a very long time in politics" and he was "very hopeful" the deal would be voted through.

In his weekly column, Mr. Johnson said that a no-deal Brexit is "perhaps, that this option is closest to what people actually voted for".

"Don't let the search for the flawless Brexit be the enemy of the good", May said, a reference to the criticisms of hardline Brexiteers and EU supporters such as former European Commissioner Peter Mandelson, who argue the deal undermines British sovereignty and should be rejected.

The politicians are from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, SNP and Plaid Cymru parties and the letter was written by Meriden MP Caroline Spelman and Birmingham Erdington MP Jack Dromey.

"We have got people who are promoting a second referendum in order to stop Brexit, and we have got people who want to see their flawless Brexit".

"The only way to both honour the result of the referendum and protect jobs and security is by backing the deal that is on the table", she wrote.

Nikki da Costa, who was Downing Street's director of legislative affairs until November, said: "Getting conditional approval isn't enough for the government to go ahead but it may be enough to show the European Union there is a majority if they can move a little further".

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