Classic car industry fears Trump and Brexit roadblock

For more than four decades Elliot Cuker has been selling classic cars from his garage in New York, but last year he hit a roadblock.

Last year, average classic car prices rose just 1%, according to a separate report by classic car index Hagerty Price Guide. While some slowdown is highly likely after such a strong decade of growth, most in the industry blame President Trump's threat to hit car and car parts imports to the US with tariffs of as much as 25%.

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The Guardian -
Donald Trump criticizes Theresa May for 'how badly' Brexit talks have gone

Donald Trump has renewed his criticism of Theresa May’s handling of Brexit, claiming that she ignored his advice on how to negotiate and now “it’s tearing a country apart”. The US president, a self-anointed master deal maker, also insisted that a second referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union would be “unfair” and said he looks forward to making a bilateral trade agreement.

Last summer, during a visit to the UK, Trump told the Sun newspaper that he told Theresa May “how to do” Brexit but “she didn’t listen to me”. May has previously indicated that Trump told her to “sue the EU” and “not go into negotiations”.

The Guardian -
A chaotic Brexit is part of Trump’s grand plan for Europe

If Brexit is halted, both the UK and the rest of Europe will reap the benefit – and Donald Trump, for one, will suffer a defeat.

It includes vocal and influential preachers in the Trumpian world of Washington – and the reality of Trump is having a deep impact on Europe, with the Brexit mess a key part of it all. The Brexit saga isn’t just about a negotiation gone awry, nor about the impasse a country finds itself in having fallen prey to a movement based on lies and deception.

MPs to vote on delaying Brexit

The government had wanted to keep control of the Brexit process, and keep no-deal on the table, so they ordered Conservative MPs to vote against their own motion.

The UK government said there could be a short delay to Brexit - or a much longer one - depending on whether MPs backed the prime minister's existing withdrawal deal, which has been agreed with the EU, by 20 March. If MPs approve Mrs May's deal before next week's EU summit in Brussels, then the extension will be until 30 June.

Brexit: What could happen next?

With the government still committed to Brexit, it's very likely that a major event such as a further referendum or change of government would have to happen before such a move.

MPs could be given the choice between passing the deal with a short Brexit delay or rejecting it and facing a longer extension. If they backed the deal at the third time of asking, legislation would be introduced to bring it into effect with a new Brexit date.

MPs vote to reject no-deal Brexit

Theresa May said there was a "clear majority" against a no-deal Brexit but the "legal default" was that the UK would leave without a deal on 29 March if no deal is reached.

Mrs May had promised Conservative MPs a free vote - meaning they did not have to follow the orders of party managers - but after MPs unexpectedly voted for Yvette Cooper's amendment they were ordered to vote against the government motion.

The Guardian -
MPs reject no-deal Brexit by majority of 43 in second vote

MPs have inflicted two more defeats on Theresa May, rejecting the idea of Britain leaving the EU without a deal and clearing the way for Brexit to be delayed.

Several cabinet ministers who have warned about the risks of a no-deal Brexit, including Philip Hammond and Amber Rudd, appeared to abstain, but the government still lost the vote, by 321 votes to 278 – a majority of 43. The prime minister responded with a defiant statement, insisting a no-deal Brexit could only be avoided by agreeing a deal, or cancelling Brexit.

DW -
British lawmakers vote to reject no-deal Brexit by 321 to 278

18:45 As the next key parliamentary Brexit vote approaches, Theresa May has said that her fellow Conservative lawmakers will be allowed to vote as they choose rather than along party lines on the government proposal and on Amendment F — a proposal for a "managed no-deal Brexit." Earlier, May's spokesman said that Conservatives will not be given a "free vote" on Amendment A, which rules out a no-deal Brexit under all circumstances.

The Guardian -
Theresa May confirms she will vote to block no-deal Brexit

Theresa May has confirmed that she will vote to block a no-deal Brexit, as she faced renewed pressure from Jeremy Corbyn to abandon her “dead” departure plan and instead embrace Labour’s customs union alternative.

On yet another fast-moving day, the chancellor, Philip Hammond, used his spring statement to the Commons effectively to call for a new, cross-party plan to deliver Brexit. After issuing repeated warnings about the economic risks of no-deal, Hammond said that if this was ruled out, there would be “the opportunity to start to map out a way forward towards building a consensus across this house for a deal we can, collectively support, to exit the EU in an orderly way”.

DW -
Another day, another Brexit vote: UK seeks path forward

The UK has pledged not to impose border checks in Ireland in case of a no-deal Brexit, after another defeat for Theresa May's accord.

If the political class "fails so totally in Great Britain, then we as Europeans cannot solve the British domestic internal problems," he told DW.

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Brexit vote: European Union closes ranks in response

Leaders of the European Union closed ranks on Wednesday, lamenting Britain's rejection of a Brexit deal while cautiously entertaining the idea of an extension.

European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici said the spurned deal was the "last chance" for a Brexit deal and that EU authorities were relatively prepared in terms of customs arrangements in case of a no deal exit. "It is time now for the British to say what they want, now that they said what they don't want," Moscovici told France 2 television.

MPs to vote on stopping no-deal Brexit

MPs will vote later on whether to block the UK from leaving the EU without a deal, after they again firmly rejected Theresa May's withdrawal agreement.

If no-deal is rejected, MPs will vote on Thursday on delaying Brexit by extending Article 50 - the legal mechanism that takes the UK out of the EU. The motion says: "This House declines to approve leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement and a framework on the future relationship on March 29."

DW -
Brexit: Small English island reflects UK's island mentality

Blackwell is a member of the local council, but he also runs the Canvey Island Independent Party (CIIP) that leads a campaign to break away from the local government that has jurisdiction over the island's 40,000 residents, as well as 40,000 more on the mainland.

The year before the Brexit vote, just 81 foreign nationals were registered as newcomers to the island, which has around 40,000 residents.

DW -
Brexit: UK Parliament rejects Theresa May's deal in second major defeat

The United Kingdom is in the political wilderness after lawmakers resoundingly rejected Theresa May's revised Brexit deal.

British lawmakers on Tuesday handed a second major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal agreement with the European Union, voting down the revised deal 391 to 242. "I continue to believe that by far the best outcome is that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in an orderly fashion with a deal, and that the deal we have negotiated is the best and indeed the only deal available."

The Week -
The Brexit disaster could destroy the United Kingdom

If you're ever feeling glum about the wretched state of American politics, you can give thanks that at least we aren't the god-forsaken United Kingdom.

With good reason: A hard Brexit could not only rattle the markets and plunge both the U.K. and the Eurozone into recession, but also lead to a disastrous breakup of the United Kingdom itself. It has been five years since the Better Together campaign defeated Scottish secessionists by just over 10 points to remain in the U.K. Smarting from that defeat, leaders of the Scottish National Party (SNP) have been thirsting for a rematch with unionists ever since.

The Guardian -
Donald Tusk: UK must have a credible reason to delay Brexit

Donald Tusk has warned after the second big defeat of Theresa May’s deal that he expects a credible reason for any delay to Brexit.

Elmar Brok, a German MEP, close to the chancellor, Angela Merkel, said the EU would not accept a long delay to Brexit because London “doesn’t have a clue”.

MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal deal again

Prime Minister Theresa May's EU withdrawal deal has been rejected by MPs for a second time, throwing her Brexit strategy into further confusion.

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which keeps her government in power, voted against the deal, along with Brexiteer Conservative backbenchers.

DW -
UK MPs vote down Theresa May's Brexit deal by 391 to 242

19:23 Lawmakers in the UK’s House of Commons have voted against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal by 391 votes to 242.

16:44 Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Ian Blackford said that a no-deal Brexit would be "catastrophic" and that MPs must vote against it. 17:46 With it looking doubtful that the prime minister will get the votes she needs, parliament is set to vote on Thursday as to whether to extend Article 50, giving the UK and the EU more time to negotiate.

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