Brexit roundup: How is British media reacting to May's defeat?

Andrew Cummings
March 13, 2019

The result marked a second defeat within two months for the prime minister over her Brexit strategy after MPs overwhelmingly rejected the proposed withdrawal agreement by a margin of 230 in January.

Responding, the DUP's Westminster leader Nigel Dodds would not say he would be vote to take a no-deal off the table in the Commons later on Wednesday.

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said earlier on Tuesday that "we will now wait for these votes and then we will decide" on whether to extend the deadline.

If Cox can find a very specific change he requires to materially alter his guidance, and May asks for that, the European Union might offer a final concession. The two-page opinion said the United Kingdom could still not extract itself from the terms of the divorce deal unilaterally, a key demand of pro-Brexit British politicians.

The House remains firmly divided, with the majority of lawmaker against Brexit altogether.

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. The European Research Group of pro-Brexit Conservatives, which has dozens of lawmakers as members, said the amendments "do not deliver "legally binding changes" to the withdrawal agreement, as the government promised. The Pound-to-Dollar exchange rate is at 1.3137, the week's low is at 1.2960, the high at 1.3287.

In short, it's all about the direction of travel.


In the staunchly pro-Brexit port of Dover in southern England, retiree Mary Simpson said she felt her voice as a "leave" voter had not been heard.

On Wednesday, parliament is expected to reject a no-deal Brexit in a vote at 1900 GMT, although this will have no legal force. "It's time that we have a general election and the people can choose who their government should be", he said.

Recognising the unique social, political and economic circumstances of Northern Ireland, the UK Government would not introduce any new checks or controls on goods moving from Ireland to Northern Ireland in a no deal scenario, including no customs declarations for normal goods.

Even had the miracle happened and [Prime Minister Theresa May] had won tonight, we simply don't have enough time between now and the end of the month to put in place all the statutes that we need. Therefore, reduced market expectations for an election could be playing positive for Sterling.

If parliament rejects May's deal, she has promised a vote on Wednesday on whether to leave without a deal and, if they reject that, then a vote on whether to ask the European Union for a limited delay to Brexit.

However, more important for the GBPUSD price could be a vote Thursday in which MPs will likely ask the European Union for an extension of the March 29 Brexit deadline. "Now this impasse can only be solved in the U.K".

Cameron said he fully supports Prime Minister Theresa May's attempts to maintain a "close partnership" with Europe after Britain leaves the EU. Does it want to hold a second referendum?


We expect the House of Commons to therefore potentially indicate a clear shift in stance on the matter and the only room open to a House of Commons that is numerically heavily pitted against a "no deal" Brexit is that to a softer Brexit.

Barnier said that "again the House of Commons says what it does not want".

Time to move your money?

There will be differences, there will be special arrangements but not fundamental changes.

"We want the rights of citizens on both sides of the channel to be protected". It only takes one member state to veto the extension and many of them have good reason for doing so.

European Parliament Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt tweeted: "Brexit was about taking back control".

Rees-Mogg's signature was appended to the document alongside Baker's, although apparently not in his own hand, alongside that of other prominent Brexiteers including former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith - but the involvement of equally prominent Remainers including Nicky Morgan and Mrs May's former right-hand man Damian Green may give many Brexit supporters pause for thought about the scheme.


After two-and-a-half years of haggling since the 2016 Brexit referendum, Juncker cautioned this was Britain's last chance.

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