100 days from Brexit and still no consensus in the UK Parliament

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Pro and anti Brexit demonstrators wave their placards and flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Tuesday Dec. 18, 2018. The British Cabinet was meeting Tuesday to discuss ramping up preparations for Britain’s departure from the European Union without a deal, after Prime Minister Theresa May postponed Parliament’s vote on her divorce agreement until mid-January. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

As the United Kingdom enters the final straight to Brexit, Britain’s leaders still have no agreed plan for an exit.

With exactly 100 days to go before Britain leaves the European Union on March 29, the nation’s government is ramping up plans for a possible ‘No Deal’ Brexit.

CGTN’s Richard Bestic reports from London.

Should Britain crash out of the European Union without some kind of deal next March, all cross-border agreements will be null and void.

Massive backups of freight trucks at British ports feared as Britain moves to being an outsider for the first time since joining the trade bloc 45 years ago.

Question marks hang over the U.K.’s financial districts; supplies of medicines and food are in doubt and the Defense Ministry is ordering 3,500 troops on standby.

As she left for Parliament for Questions, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was anticipating an unseasonal reception. She was right.

“No deal would be a disaster for our country and no responsible government would ever allow it,” Leader of the Labour Opposition Jeremy Corbyn said.

There is a deal on the table but Parliament doesn’t like it and May is trying for EU concessions to win support.

“We will set out what has been achieved in our discussions when we return in the New Year when we have had those discussions when we bring those assurances back,” May said.

When Parliament will vote on a deal it appears it doesn’t like or a so-called ‘No Deal Brexit.’

The consequences of ‘No Deal’ are considered so chaotic, five business organizations have said they’re looking on in horror at what they’ve called quote ‘bickering politicians focusing on factional disputes.’

Members of Parliament are returning to their constituencies for their Christmas break. Is it possible that Santa will bring them some Brexit ideas for when they return in the New Year and start the whole thing all over again, just closer to that March deadline.