3rd December 2022

Uncertainty as British MPs Reject Theresa May’s ‘no-deal’ Brexit Motion

Theresa May Will Step Down As UK Prime Minister in June

UK Prime Minister Theresa May

The British government suffered another significant defeat as MPs voted by 321 to 278 votes to reject a ‘no-deal’ Brexit’.

French President Emmanuel Macron who is in Nairobi, Kenya on a two days’ visit, said: “The withdrawal agreement is not negotiable.”

If the British ask for a delay it could perhaps be a technical delay to allow more time to put their departure in place. But if an additional delay is requested, they need to explain why,” he added.

“It cannot be to allow more negotiations over something we’ve already negotiated for many months and said cannot be further negotiated.”


Kenya’s CBA Analysts, Faith Atiti and Stephanie Kimani in their Monthly Economic Report released in March said by all accounts, the UK may avoid crashing out of the UK without a deal. “Both the government and the opposition seem to agree on this! Even then, with the EU holding its hard-line position, prospects of renegotiating a better deal and specifically resolving the impasse on the Ireland backstop is slim. Accordingly, options for the UK may be limited to accepting the deal as is or delaying Brexit beyond March 30th with the hope that the government could renegotiate a better deal.”

Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, which is scheduled to take place on 29 March 2019 at 11 pm UK time, when the period for negotiating a Withdrawal Agreement will end unless an extension is agreed.