Labour will vote to block no deal tonight

Leroy Wright
March 14, 2019

The leader of UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, slammed on Tuesday the new arrangements regarding the Brexit deal, reached by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Commission, saying that the result of negotiations did not even remotely resemble the changes that May had pledged to secure.

Prime Minister Theresa May has given up any pretence of leading Britain by allowing her MPs to vote according to their own beliefs rather than along party lines on Wednesday, the Labour Party said on Tuesday.

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner has called for Article 50 to be revoked after Theresa May's European Union withdrawal agreement was voted down for the second time.

"Once again, she's putting her party's interests ahead of the public interest", a Labour spokesman said in a statement.

Charles Walker, a senior Tory backbencher, said if the deal was voted down May would have no choice but to call a snap general election.

The EU have said any extension would need a goal.

BBC political correspondent Chris Mason said the deal had not been substantially changed and "the prospect of another big loss looms".

But although she managed to convince about 40 Tory MPs to change their mind, it was not almost enough to overturn the historic 230 vote defeat she suffered on the same deal in January.

"Last night's vote finished off her deal".

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What isn't clear is how the prime minister actually intends to dig herself out of this terrible political hole.

Some of them believe it's time now to go hell-for-leather to leave without an overarching deal but move to make as much preparation as possible, and fast.

Corbyn added: "She needs now to show leadership".

Nicky Morgan, the former Tory education secretary, said she did not think May would be able to stay in office "for very much longer" if the deal was rejected.

Many MPs had been waiting to see whether Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, would conclude the revised agreement would allow the United Kingdom to unilaterally exit the backstop - a key sticking point in the negotiations.

She should feel free to look at other alternatives for partnership deals and the like in order to solve this problem.

Members of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs have tabled an amendment that would see the United Kingdom leave without a formal agreement, with the backstop being replaced by alternative arrangements and a series of "standstill" economic arrangements until the end of 2021 to minimise disruption.

Instead "we hear it in briefings in Brussels in bars", she said, in reference to an overheard conversation involving her chief Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins about no deal.

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