Lawmakers’ efforts to rewrite government plan imperil May’s Brexit strategy

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy was in peril after rank-and-file lawmakers sought to rewrite the plan she extracted from her warring cabinet earlier this month, casting doubt on whether she can negotiate any exit deal with the European Union that Parliament would accept.

The skirmishes in Parliament, led by the pro- and anti-EU wings of May’s ruling Conservatives, highlight how May’s efforts to bury party divisions over Brexit have instead inflamed them, undermining the chances for the smooth and orderly withdrawal that businesses say is essential to avoid severe harm to the economy.

The political unrest heightens the uncertainty surrounding Brexit less than nine months before the U.K. is scheduled to withdraw from the EU at the close of a two-year window to negotiate divorce terms enshrined in EU treaties. The big risk is that the U.K. crashes out of the EU when that time is up without a deal.

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