UK Parliament votes against Theresa May's Brexit deal 242-391

Leroy Wright
March 13, 2019

It's tough to say exactly what was priced in for this vote but I would peg it around 240 votes in favour.

391 MPs voted against it while 242 voted for it - a majority of 149.

"The House of Commons demanded collectively that we do this - it's not what the Prime Minister wanted to do.

Last night's agreement with the European Commission does not contain anything approaching the changes Theresa May promised Parliament and whipped her MPs [lawmakers] to vote for", the Labour leader tweeted.

"I've always supported the Prime Minister in her attempts to have a close partnership deal with Europe and she continues to have my support", he told Sky News.

"There are only two ways: to vote for a deal, which is what I did, or to prevent Brexit from happening, which I think would be a catastrophic error".

The prime minister immediately gave a statement, saying she was "profoundly disappointed" that her deal had been rejected again. In anticipation of a Commons vote to take no-deal off the table this evening, Mr Cleverly conceded that even if the motion is passed, it will not be able to fulfil its ambition.

That's assuming a different kind of deal is even possible. Some may prefer a shorter delay-perhaps because they don't want the Brexit question to drag on; they don't want it to affect the upcoming European parliamentary elections and therefore EU decision-making; or even because they believe a short extension could force the United Kingdom to confront hard choices. The EU will probably take a decision on this at next week's European Council summit.

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How will your MP vote tonight?

"For that reason, I can confirm that this will be a free vote on this side of the House".

An extension can not in of itself resolve the UK's impasse.

About the only consensus on this situation is that it's a complete disaster now. Does it want to hold a second referendum? (It's better understood as a great example of why both British and American founders of government mistrusted direct democracy in the first place.) Waiting doesn't change any of the conditions surrounding the issue except for the desperation of those who are engaged in it.

About the only decent bet would now be on a default no-deal Brexit, one in which Parliament either doesn't get the European Union to sign off on an extension or fails to vote to authorize one at the end of the week.

Ms Allen said she would need to look carefully at the wording of the amendments that are brought forward tomorrow and Thursday - already there is a suspicion that the government might be "playing games" with the suggestion that "one is linked to the other".

Even Northern Ireland's DUP MPs, who are desperate to cease their opposition to the PM's deal and really want to back the PM at the last, will struggle to justify doing so.

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