Theresa May loses Brexit vote

Leroy Wright
March 16, 2019

Mr Corbyn argued Mrs May has failed, no longer has the ability to lead, and must change her approach.

Its chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the European Union "cannot go any further" in trying to persuade MPs to back the agreed terms of exit and the United Kingdom had to break the impasse.

Mr Corbyn countered by saying her Brexit strategy is "in tatters" and her deal is "dead", before criticising Mrs May for having "refused to listen".

Labour MP Jess Phillips said she would support a 21-month extension of the Article 50 oto prolong the withdrawal process.

He said: "Isn't it time she moved on from her red lines and faced the reality of the situation that she has got herself, her government and this country into".

Mr Lidington said there would be "consequences" of a longer extension to the Brexit process, including the need to hold European Parliament elections in May.

The PM had made a last-minute plea to MPs to back her deal after she had secured legal assurances on the Irish backstop from the European Union during late-night talks in Strasbourg on Monday.

It said backing for the PM's deal has now more than doubled to 40% - though the responses had been given before the Commons voted to take a no-deal Brexit off the table on Wednesday night.

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If a no-deal exit is rejected, MPs will vote on Thursday on delaying Brexit by extending Article 50 - the legal mechanism that takes the United Kingdom out of the EU. It wasn't as bad as the 230 vote defeat on January 16 - the biggest in British parliamentary history - but still pretty devastating.

The opposition will initially focus on opposing no deal - which is expected to be defeated on Wednesday - and believes that an extension to the March 29 deadline is inevitable because more time is needed to negotiate an alternative, the Guardian reported.

The North West Cambridgeshire MP said: "Given no-deal Brexit is the Government's default position, will the Prime Minister kindly inform the House she will instruct the Chancellor to make available whatever funds are required to ensure the country is as best prepared as possible in the event we do leave on a no-deal basis".

Discussions with the DUP are ongoing, but no formal decision on the next vote has yet be announced.

Amid reports Brexiteer ministers have been granted a free vote on this proposal, Tory MP Steve Baker told BBC News the plan - which would see Brexit delayed until 22 May - was "eminently reasonable".

Mr Boles added the PM must go as soon as a deal is agreed.

On Wednesday morning the government announced that most imports into the United Kingdom would not attract a tariff in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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