Trucks used to test UK's no-deal Brexit preparedness

Trucks used to test UK's no-deal Brexit preparedness

Trucks used to test UK's no-deal Brexit preparedness

The British leader said that since the vote was pulled at the last minute in December, she's been consulting with European Union leaders and British colleagues to get new assurances in three key areas, the details of which will be laid out in the coming days.

Laureen Evans, who lives opposite the airfield where she runs the Manston Riding Centre, said the test did not have an impact but she anxious an influx of lorries could cause queues on the roads around the airport.

Shortly after 8am, and again at 11am, the queue of lorries left the former Kent International Airport - which closed in 2014 - and travelled the 20-mile route along the A256 to the Eastern Docks roundabout in Dover before returning.

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal, it would automatically fall back on World Trade Organisation rules - which would apply automatically to trade between the United Kingdom and EU.

Dover has been Britain's most important gateway to Europe since Roman times and the port now handles 17 percent of the United Kingdom's goods trade.

With the parliamentary debate on her deal due to begin on 9 January, May said there was still work to do to get reassurances over the backstop from the EU.

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, of the anti-Brexit Best For Britain campaign, said it was a "taxpayer-funded farce" while shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald said it was "beyond parody".

Writing in the Guardian, Ms Cooper said a no-deal Brexit would cause "deep and long-lasting" damage, and the country "can't afford to play Brexit chicken and wait to see who blinks first".

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But pro-Europeans fear Britain's exit will hammer the economy and undermine the West as it grapples with Donald Trump's unpredictable US presidency and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China.

"I don't agree with everything in the deal, I wanted to remain", he said.

But it drew criticism for only involving 89 trucks and haulage companies dismissed it as "too little too late". "At this late stage it looks like window dressing".

She repeatedly sidestepped questions about whether she would keep putting the deal back to MPs if it gets rejected, instead saying: "If the deal is not voted on, this vote that is coming up, then actually we are going to be in uncharted territory".

On the other side of the Tory divide, pro-EU veteran Ken Clarke said May's deal - which he would be prepared to support - is "dying", and he would be "amazed" if the mood of MPs had changed over the Christmas break.

May said the vote in parliament would be around 15 January, as expected, contrary to reports she could delay it. "Everyone recognizes that Brexit is an existential threat to the United Kingdom automotive industry and we hope a practical solution will prevail", he said, calling for lawmakers to support May's deal to guarantee a transition period. The EU has signaled it may try to allay the fears of May's critics but will not renegotiate the deal.

RNZ's United Kingdom correspondent Olly Barratt said not much had changed during the MPs' Christmas break.

Theresa May said the United Kingdom faced a moment of "profound challenge" as she urged MPs to get behind her Brexit deal.

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