By Lucy McNulty
Today in Brexit news, this is what’s been discovered: The U.K. parliament is entering the festive period deeply divided over a preferred approach to Brexit.
The leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, on Thursday dismissed the need to give the British public another opportunity to vote on the U.K.’s membership of the European Union, hours after her colleague, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said there was a “plausible argument” for such a vote to take place.
Politicians across all parties are reported to be planning to push forward a series of amendments to key Brexit legislation that would stop the U.K. government from allowing the country to crash out of the European trading bloc without a deal.
It comes as both the European Commission, the E.U.’s executive body, and the British government ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit.
Sterling’s /zigman2/quotes/210561263/realtime/sampled GBPUSD +0.0488% bumpy ride through the Brexit uncertainty continued Friday. Theb British pound peaked at $1.26930 at 8:30 a.m. U.K. time, before dropping to $1.26575 at 10:20 a.m. It was trading at $1.26525 at around 1 p.m.
Elsewhere, a pro-European boy band called the Breunion Boys has made its debut with a Brexit-themed ballad begging Britain to come back to the EU . The band’s creator, Julia Veldman, told the Reuters news agency that she formed the group as a “final, desperate, ultimate attempt” to prevent Brexit before the official departure date of March 29, 2019.