Brexiteers cry betrayal but they’re the ones to blame for this mess

London (CNN)Even with the Brexit countdown clock reset, the new deadline of April 12 suddenly doesn’t seem very far away. High stakes With such high stakes in place, there are now deep concerns among Brexiteer lawmakers that their prize of leaving the EU might be slipping away from them. They have already lost the original date of Brexit, March 29 — but now a soft Brexit, which would still be a battle to implement, is more likely to gain support in the Commons at this point more than any other. And sure enough, Brexiteers are planning to blame everyone but themselves for a harder Brexit slipping through their grasp. Later Monday, MPs (members of Parliament) will vote on a new …

Britain needs a way out of this Brexit swamp

London (CNN)Three days after Brexit was supposed to happen, lawmakers in the House of Commons remain incapable of breaking the deadlock. Throughout Monday, prospects of a softer Brexit or a second referendum getting the indicative approval of parliament were talked up. It looked like — whether it be tacked onto May’s withdrawal deal or a whole new plan — there might be a crack of light as to a way through this mess. There might even have been some sort of cross-party compromise. Instead, parliament continued to disagree with itself and berate one another, as the Brexit deadline, already delayed once, loomed just over the horizon. On April 10, May will attend an emergency summit of EU leaders in Brussels. …

What are the alternative Brexit options?

(CNN)British lawmakers are taking the power out of Theresa May’s hands on Wednesday. Theresa May’s deal — otherwise known as the Withdrawal Agreement — was agreed with the EU last November. Its aim, broadly, was to allow the UK to formally leave on a set date (originally March 29), while abiding by EU rules for a further 21-month “implementation period”. This gives the UK and EU breathing space while they hammer out the details of a future relationship. Brexiteers hate this because it means following the rules of the EU’s Customs Union and Single Market while having no say in either — which hardly accords with their mantra of taking back control. The Withdrawal Agreement also contains the controversial Northern …

Infamous Brexit promises haunt politicians as Britain faces crunch week

London (CNN)UK Prime Minister Theresa May is braced for what could be her biggest policy climbdown yet, after insisting for years that “no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal” and that her country would leave the European Union on March 29, 2019. The hubris and fantastical claims sold by many Brexit-supporting politicians — and indeed some remainers — are now facing their moment of truth as the deadline for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU looms large. As some companies jump ship, retailers stockpile products and fears of medicine shortages run high, one thing is becoming clear: The utopia that many of the 17.4 million Brexit voters dreamed of may be undeliverable. The sunlit uplands They initially …

May rejects customs union as Britain signs deal with Switzerland

London (CNN)British Prime Minister Theresa May has again rejected calls for the UK to remain in a customs union with the European Union after the country leaves the bloc — but said she remains open to further talks with the opposition Labour Party as the clock ticks toward a potential no-deal Brexit. But May said she would welcome further talks on what “alternative arrangements” should be sought to the backstop — an insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland — which has stalled parliamentary support for her proposals so far. “One of the things I would like our teams to discuss is the exact nature of those alternative arrangements,” May wrote. …

Police advise stores to hire extra security in case of Brexit panic-buying

London (CNN)British police have advised retailers to consider hiring additional security to cope with fears of food shortages and other goods in the event of a no-deal Brexit. “It’s hard to contingency for fresh food, where we can’t stockpile. Like other retailers, we’d be keen that there is no friction at the border given the UK imports half of the fresh food it eats,” the UK’s Press Association news agency reported Lewis as saying. The UK has ramped up contingency plans in recent weeks as the chances of a no-deal Brexit rise. Businesses and lobby groups have warned of disruptions at ports as well as dwindling medical supplies, and Britain’s defense secretary has put 3,500 troops on standby. The Department …