MPs defeat May government over no-deal Brexit

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The prime minister has said the "perfect deal" is not on offer and while it involves compromises, British firms will get tariff and quota free access to European markets, freedom of movement will end and the United Kingdom will exit the Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy.

Among them were Sir Michael Fallon, Kenneth Clarke, Justine Greening, Nicky Morgan, Sir Oliver Letwin and Dominic Grieve.

Many Conservative MPs continue to believe the deal does not represent the Brexit the country voted for, and some are actively calling for Britain to leave with no deal.

In the event of a "disorderly" departure by Britain on March 29, "we would be short a figure in the billions of euros for the rest of the year and a higher figure for 2020", European Union budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger said after talks with European Union ministers.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will hold more talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May this week, but has ruled out that the Brexit deal agreed on in November could be renegotiated to gain support in the British parliament.

This is not what her officials tell her: the forecasts are for economic growth to slow after Brexit, meaning there will be less money to go round.

Housing minister Heather Wheeler, who voted for Leave, said she thought there was a "plan to win" under way regarding the deal, and Eddisbury MP and Remain supporter Antoinette Sandbach said it had been a "very positive evening".

"Theresa May must now rule out no deal once and for all".

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"We are leaving the EU on the 29th of March this year, because that's what Article 50 says, that's what Parliament voted for, and that's now what domestic British legislation says as well", Britain's minister of state for exiting the EU, Martin Callanan, told reporters in Brussels.

Downing Street confirmed that the so-called "meaningful vote" is scheduled to take place on Tuesday January 15, with the Prime Minister wrapping up five days of debate kicked off on January 9 by Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay.

May has stepped up contingency planning in key sectors for the possibility of Britain leaving the European Union on March 29 without a withdrawal agreement, as she struggles to persuade lawmakers to back the deal she has negotiated. Indeed, our data suggests that, far from the Christmas break having softened parliamentary...

On the face of it, the defeat does not stop much and would not prevent a no deal.

"Today’s trial can not possibly duplicate the reality of 4,000 trucks being held at Manston airport in the event of a no-deal Brexit", the RHA's chief executive Richard Burnett said in a statement.

French European affairs minister Nathalie Loiseau urged reluctant British lawmakers to back the deal, which lays out things like Britain's future financial obligations, the rights of citizens hit by Brexit and steps to keep goods flowing freely across the Irish border.

"The majority in this House will sustain itself, and we will not allow a no-deal exit to occur on March 29", he said.

"These are political assurances but there's nothing more we can do".

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