Min­is­ters present May with Brexit ‘plan B’

New Straits Times - - WORLD -

LON­DON: Cabi­net min­is­ters have drawn up a “plan B” for a no-deal Brexit in case Par­lia­ment votes down Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s plan to leave the Euro­pean Union, The Sun re­ported on Fri­day.

The min­is­ters have pro­posed that Bri­tain con­tinue to pay EU mem­ber­ship fees up to 2021 and fol­low the bloc’s rules to avoid a cliff-edge exit when it leaves in March, The Sun said.

The coun­try would then be able to ne­go­ti­ate with Brus­sels as a “third coun­try” for two years, mak­ing it eas­ier to agree on a new free trade deal and avoid hav­ing to pay the full £38 bil­lion (RM203 bil­lion) di­vorce bill.

If a deal is voted down by Par­lia­ment, the coun­try could be thrust into an un­cer­tain fu­ture: leav­ing abruptly with­out a deal, the col­lapse of May’s govern­ment, an elec­tion, or, as some op­po­nents of Brexit hope, a new ref­er­en­dum.

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