The British government was reviewing what action would be taken to resist state violence in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Martial law on the cart?
The government of Prime Minister Theresa May meanwhile presses for an extension of the session times and the deletion of days off of the deputies, in order to bring in eight important laws for the exit from the European Union the parliament in due time. Already on Tuesday, the House of Commons is to vote on numerous new requests from parliamentarians for further action following the rejection of the Brexit Agreement. Brexit opponents demonstrated on Saturday at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
At the Tuesday session, MEPs vote on a wide range of applications. Some parliamentarians are calling for a postponement of the EU exit in favor of further negotiations with Brussels. Others are in favor of a completely new Brexit strategy, an exit without an agreement or a second referendum. Parliament had previously rejected the Brexit deal between London and the EU by an overwhelming majority, causing May to suffer a severe defeat. In addition, the deputies from May had demanded a plan B.
To prepare for the EU exit, the members of parliament have to pass a total of 13 laws according to the government. These relate to various areas such as trade, fisheries and agriculture, but also a possible withdrawal agreement with Brussels. So far, however, only five laws have passed through parliament.
The government therefore brought an extension of session times into play on Sunday. As PM’s spokeswoman said, talks are currently underway in the Parliament about extending the sessions by up to five hours in the evening. In addition, the deputies should therefore also come together at the previously meeting-free Fridays. The one-week parliamentary holiday in February was also up for grabs.
“We remain committed to ensuring that all necessary laws are in place for the exit day on March 29, 2019,” said the spokeswoman. The government was clear, however, that this was a “challenging schedule”. Therefore, precautionary discussions were on an extension of the session times.
Should more time be needed to pass the eight outstanding laws, House Chair Andrea Leadsom expects a Brexit shift. She was “absolutely sure” that a postponement of the EU exit would be “feasible” by a few weeks, Leadsom told BBC.
Activists demonstrated against Brexit on Saturday at the border between EU member Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland. They closed a border road.
The aim of the action was to draw attention to possible violent riots that could lead to a disorderly Brexit for the still unstable region. “This is a visual representation of the potential for the worst scenario,” said promoter Tom Murray. “We are the ones who are suffering from the mistakes that are being made in Parliament in London,” said a protester. “We will not accept the (fixed) border.”
In the case of a Brexit without agreement threatens the reintroduction of border controls. Ireland wants to prevent a “hard line”, also to protect the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. The agreement ended the decade-long conflict between Irish Catholic nationalists and Protestant loyalists, with more than 3,600 dead. An essential element is a border without controls to Ireland.
The economy is also becoming increasingly nervous. Thousands of companies have already prepared contingency plans for an unregulated Brexit, according to the UK Chamber of Commerce. The measures include mainly relocation of activities abroad and the storage of goods, the Chamber of Commerce, which has 75,000 members.
Only a few days ago, the aviation and defense company Airbus threatened in case of a “no deal” with the closure of factories in the UK. There, the company has bundled almost its entire wing construction. “If there is a Brexit without agreements, we at Airbus may have to make very damaging decisions for the UK,” said Airbus CEO Tom Enders.
In the case of an EU exit without an agreement, chaotic conditions are expected in the UK in almost all areas of life but it would be particularly hard to meet many companies. Refrigerated warehouses for sensitive goods are already fully booked.
Meanwhile, the European Medicines Agency EMA closed its doors in London. Britain will lose about 900 jobs. The EMA relocates its headquarters to Amsterdam. It is the EU’s regulatory authority for quality and safety of medicines. The move was necessary because of Brexit. On Friday evening, the 28 EU flags were obtained, the authority in the short message service Twitter announced.