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Isn't democracy a wonderful thing?!
Listening to her speech (which was quite good) it sounds very much like Labor wants the negotiations to fail in the hope it means they stay in the EU.
Then they can blame Tory incompetence and win the next election.
But what the hell will actually happen if the bill is not voted through and the deadline passes?
The EU could just kick them out and they would have nothing!!
With cabinet ministers resigning in the fallout of her draft Brexit deal, British Prime Minister Theresa May is battling for political survival.
Hostility to her draft agreement could see it rejected by Parliament, potentially casting the UK out of the EU without a safety net in a "no-deal" Brexit.
But what would a no-deal Brexit look like for Britain?
Pharmaceutical companies and the National Health Service (NHS) said they were stockpiling medicines in Britain to prepare for supply disruptions.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has expressed concerns over the flow of medicine into Britain following a potential no-deal Brexit.
According to The Times, Mr Hancock reportedly told cabinet he could not guarantee people would not die as a result.
He later told UK radio station LBC that he remained confident of medicine supply.
"Now if everybody does the things that they needed to do, including us in government but also the pharmaceutical industry, then I'm confident that we can deliver that," he said.
"But there's a lot of work that needs to happen to ensure that we have that unhindered supply of medicine."
Maritime UK — the organisation representing Britain's shipping industry and ports — warned that Dover could face permanent traffic jams stretching for kilometres out from the port, which takes in millions of trucks a year.
The organisation's chairman David Dingle said truck drivers could be stuck on roads to Dover for up to two days if there was no deal.
The potential delays would not just affect food supply — a huge portion of the UK's food comes from continental Europe — but also owners of Japanese cars, with manufacturers relying on quick delivery of parts.
Already work has begun on the M26 motorway, with a 21km stretch of road earmarked as a holding park for thousands of trucks.
Truck drivers on the Kent motorway would be diverted between 10:00pm and 5:00am, which would double the length of their journey.
The long wait on the roads for trucks could see food stocks rotting in storage.
A no-deal would see existing regulations vanish, and with no more free trade with the EU, goods flowing in and out of Britain would need to be tracked.
The resulting spoiled food would see diminished choice and higher prices for the British consumer.
Outgoing Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said there would be "adequate food" if grocery stores stockpiled, but quickly drew the ire of critics who said there was no space to implement this plan.
Ireland's Government said it would not countenance a return to a hard border on the Emerald Isle under any circumstances, but a no-deal Brexit might very well make that unavoidable.
With the United Kingdom — including Northern Ireland — leaving the EU and assuming World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, the Republic of Ireland may have little choice but to reimpose a border, conducting checks on goods entering the EU market to control smuggling.
It is one of the most contentious issues surrounding any deal struck over the UK's withdrawal, with potentially tens of thousands of jobs on the line in Ireland and the country's Department of Finance calculating a no-deal Brexit could lower Ireland's GDP by 4.5 per cent in 10 years' time.
The sensitivities over the Irish border remain, with Northern Ireland's ruling DUP party insisting it must not become a catalyst for illegal activity nor an incentive for those wishing to undermine the peace process.
A no-deal would see Britain suddenly booted from a large swathe of regulatory agencies, and it would need to replace them with some domestic alternatives quick smart.
This would impact a host of industries, including the pharmaceutical industry, but would also have implications for aviation.
If the UK left the EU without reaching a deal, Europe would not recognise licences and certificates issued by Britain's Civil Aviation Authority.
There would need to be comprehensive contingency planning to avoid the sight of planes being grounded at Heathrow Airport, stranding incoming and outgoing passengers.
While the UK has WTO laws to fall back on when it departs the EU, there is no such equivalent for aviation regulations, with British pilots potentially having to seek out second licences from another EU state.
It would also potentially prevent aviation parts made by UK companies being put on EU planes.