The United Kingdom could be forced to create a government of national unity to end the impasse on Britain leaving the European Union, while Prime Minister Theresa May clings to the Brexit divorce agreement which Parliament rejected three times.
The comments of former Secretary of Education Nicky Morgan arrived the day after the House of Commons rejected the prime minister's request for legislators to "put aside the self and the party" by sending his agreement on Brexit at its last defeat. The refusal leaves the United Kingdom in the face of the harsh prospect of a chaotic departure from the EU in just two weeks – unless the disputed politicians can set aside their differences and plan a long delay in the process of exiting the blockade. .
The British Parliament will vote on a variety of alternatives Brexit Monday in an attempt to find an idea that can dominate the majority. But the May government is considering a fourth vote on its agreement, supported by the success of narrowing the defeat to 58 votes on Friday by 230 votes in January.
"If the government refused and Theresa May felt that it could not implement what Parliament had identified as a way to leave the EU, then I think we should think very seriously if a coalition between parties … could do it by order to make sure the UK leaves the EU in an orderly fashion, "Morgan told the BBC.
Britain had national unity governments in times of national crisis like the Second World War. But critics point out that these coalitions were forged when there was only one goal – how to defeat Nazi Germany. It is not clear now how the British political parties would agree to cooperate on an issue like Brexit, which has divided the country and its two main political parties, May's ruling conservatives and the opposition Labor Party.
Following the vote on Friday, the U.K. it is now scheduled to leave the EU on April 12, regardless of whether the two parties have reached an agreement to mitigate the impact. This has led to concerns about crippling tariffs, border congestion and a shortage of food and medicine.
EU officials have suggested, however, that they can accept a long delay for Britain's departure from the block if US politicians agree on a plan.
The House of Commons began the process of discussing alternatives to the Prime Minister on Wednesday, but rejected all eight proposals they considered. Two ideas, a customs union with the EU and a second referendum on any agreement, received significant support. Legislators should hold a second round of votes on the Brexit proposals on Monday.
Hilary Benn, a Labor Party MP who chairs the Parliament's Brexit committee, rejected criticisms that the parliamentary process would fail because she did not express a majority in the first round of voting. Benn said he hopes the last defeat for the May agreement will "focus the minds" and help build a clear majority for one of the Brexit options.
"Because it took 2/3/4 years for the government to get what it had negotiated defeated three times, it's a bit harsh for Parliament when it started the trial last Wednesday for not solving it immediately the problem in 24 hours "Benn said. "So I think a little more time is an absolutely reasonable thing to offer while we try to find a way to go."
While Benn and Morgan are pushing for compromise, others are demanding that the conservative-led government not give up.
Some lawmakers of the conservative party wrote in May insisting that it does not agree with an extension of the Brexit beyond May 22, which would force the United States to take part in the European Parliament elections of May 23-26, according to The Sun newspaper. The letter, signed by 170 members of the prime minister's party, asked May to report its agreement to the Parliament for the fourth vote, with the threat of a general election if it is rejected again, has the newspaper said.
Brandon Lewis, a cabinet member and president of the conservative party, said he knew about the letter, even though he did not see the final text or signatures.
"We should do everything we can to leave the European Union in good condition as quickly as possible, as we said in our manifesto and as we said in Parliament," Lewis said. "I think the deal is the right way to do it."
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