Generation Brexit

What happens if MPs don’t pass May’s bill?

The default position in that scenario would be for the UK to leave without a deal. Under both EU law and the UK's Withdrawal Act, Brexit day is set as March 29, 2019; the is when the EU Treaties will stop applying to the UK. If Parliament rejects May’s Brexit deal, the same Withdrawal Act sets out what the government must do next. British ministers would have up to 21 days to make a statement to the Commons on how they propose to proceed, and the government would then have a further seven days to move a motion in the Commons, allowing MPs to express their view on the government's course of action. In any case, there will only be more uncertainty and the level of panic in Britain will rise to new heights.

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