Brexit: MPs to vote on 29 March no-deal exit from EU

Cheryl Sanders
March 16, 2019

PRIME minister Theresa May has lost the Brexit vote with MPs across the house voting against her deal.

He then told Radio 5 Live that Theresa May has not allowed discussion of "alternative compromises" and "never been allowed to debate and vote on anything other than her deal".

In a later exchange, with the Conservative pro-Brexit MP Peter Bone, May expressed her scepticism about the so-called Malthouse compromise, outlined in an amendment to Wednesday's motion, which calls for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union without a withdrawal agreement, but with a form of transition period to lessen the impact of no deal.

If no-deal 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.

But Downing Street sources denied a suggestion circulating at Westminster that the Prime Minister "went batshit" at the rebels during the Cabinet meeting.

She added that if Brexit is delayed "it is because many of my colleagues in the Commons have refused to join those of us who have consistently voted for the Prime Minister's good deal".

Mrs Newton said she "resigned from the Government so that I could vote for a motion that honours my commitment to my constituents, to leave the European Union with "a deal".

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

"That's what the deal delivers, that's what I continue to work to deliver". And just 16 days until Brexit (Guardian); Croaky horror show (The Sun); How much more of this can Britain take (Daily Express); May loses control of Brexit after MPs throw out revamped deal (Financial Times); Out of control (Independent); Driven to despair (The Times); and The House of Fools (Daily Mail).

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Eurosceptic MPs had to "start with realities" that less than a quarter of MPs would accept a "No Deal" Brexit and said he expected a move to reject "No Deal" would pass handsomely. To take no deal off the table, it is not enough to vote against no deal - you have to agree to a deal.

Other ministers believe genuinely, still with around two weeks to go, and an European Union summit next week, there is still time to try to manoeuvre her deal through - somehow.

Labour's Hilary Benn, pushing the cross-party amendment, said he was not seeking to specify what MPs should do next but instead "book a slot" to allow a debate on how to resolve Brexit.

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said the current impasse "can only be solved in the UK" and MPs must decide what they want rather than what they don't.

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