Plunging the United Kingdom into a state of uncertainty just two weeks ahead of the country’s divorce from the European Union, the British Parliament on late Tuesday night rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s revised Brexit deal for a second time. The House of Commons voted against the deal by 391 votes to 242.
Exiting the EU without a deal, delaying the divorce date of March 29, a snap election or another referendum are all possible now. However, May might try a third time to get parliamentary support in the hope that the most vocal critics of her withdrawal treaty, might change their minds if there are chances of Britain staying in the EU after all.
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UK parliament rejects May's Brexit deal
In a massive setback for British PM Theresa May, the revised deal has been defeated again by 391 votes to 242 , the Guardian reported.
UK Parliament begins voting on PM Theresa May's Brexit deal
The UK Parliament has begun voting on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal. The result is due in around 15 minutes, Reuters reported.
Britain's May heads for defeat in Brexit vote
British Prime Minister Theresa May was heading for defeat on Tuesday on her plans to leave the European Union as sceptical members of her own party appeared ready to defy her warning that Britain might not leave the EU at all if they voted against her.
May's Brexit deal has reached the end of the road: Boris Johnson
Former British foreign secretary and leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson said Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal has reached the end of the road and Britain should leave the bloc without an agreement. "This deal has now reached the end of the road. If it is rejected tonight I hope that it will be put to bed," Johnson told parliament. He said if the EU was unwilling to accept further changes, Britain should leave without a deal as while this would be more difficult in the short term, in the end it would be "the only safe route out of the abyss and the only safe path to self respect". Reuters
EU Vice President Jyrki Katainen says if the deal is rejected, the prospect of a 'hard Brexit' moved closer
The European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen, speaking in Strasbourgh, said if the deal is rejected, the prospect of a “hard Brexit” moved closer and his advice was “fasten your seatbelt”. He said, "Depending on the vote in the Commons, we are either moving forward to orderly withdrawal or hard Brexit is closer again, more close than ever it has been. So, keep your hands on the wheel, look forward and fasten your seatbelt."
UK could still be trapped in backstop despite assurances from May: Attorney General Geoffrey Cox
Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, has published legal advice saying, despite the assurances obtained by May last night, the UK could still be trapped in the backstop.
MPs who are likely to vote 'for' the deal
Tory leader Johnny Mercer tweeted saying that he would be backing the PM on her deal.
I’ve spoken at 150+ Conservative associations, banged on hundreds of doors in Plymouth and even spoken to the protestors outside Parliament. My view on tonight’s vote 👇 pic.twitter.com/rLbbrcuWPD— Johnny Mercer MP (@JohnnyMercerUK) March 12, 2019
12 other Tories, who voted against the deal in January, have assured that they would be voting for May tonight. The rebels who have changed their mind are: Ben Bradley, Nigel Evans, Robert Halfon, Greg Hands, John Lamont, Johnny Mercer, Mike Penning, Mark Pritchard, Derek Thomas and Martin Vickers. Two Labour MPs are also expected to vote for the deal which gives May 14 switchers in total, thus reducing the size of the majority against her by 28.
MPs who have confirmed their 'against' vote
SNP leader at Westminister Ian Blackford calls the no-deal Brexit 'catastrophic'. He said that MPs must vote against it. Meanwhile, DUP confirmed that their 10 MPs are voting against the deal, rather than abstaining it. ERG's Sir Bill Cash speaking on behalf of the party said, "we" will be voting against the deal.
Rees-Mogg says ERG likely to vote against May's deal
In yet another slump to May, Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Tory Brexiter and chair of the ERG suggests that his party is likely to vote against May's deal. While he said that he has not yet decided how he would vote tonight, but a discussion will be underway. The ERG already issued a statement saying MPs should not back the deal.
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) say they cannot back deal citing lack in achieving 'sufficient progress'
The Democratic Unionist Party, which is the unionist political party in Northern Ireland confirmed that it would not back the PM's deal at this point claiming that 'sufficient progress' with the European Union was not achieved. The statement issued by DUP reads, "It is clear that the risks remain that the UK would be unable to lawfully exit the backstop were it to be activated." DUP also said in its statement that they would like to see a deal which works for every part of the United Kingdom and they would support the right deal which respects the referendum result and Northern Ireland's place as an integral part of the United Kingdom.
'Time has come to back the Brexit deal'
Speaking of a second referendum, she said there could be a consideration for that too. However, she cleared the extension fo Article 50 or No deal Brexit would only lie with the Parliament and said 'the time has come to back this deal'.
Choices would be bleak if no deal Brexit happens: Theresa May while opening the debate
Theresa May opened her debate where she stressed that if there was failure to vote for the deal, it could lead to there being no-deal Brexit. She said that the government needs to build a strong consensus in the parliament while discussing future trade relations with the European Union. May also added that it would risk weakening support of the Union Kingdom in a no-deal and extending Article 50 is not a solution to Britain's problems, rather it would pass control to the European Union.
British PM Theresa May fails to win over her party ahead of Brexit vote
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Theresa May claims Brexit breakthrough ahead of crunch vote
Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May claimed to have secured the breakthrough required to get her Brexit withdrawal agreement through a crunch vote in Parliament on Tuesday, two weeks ahead of the country's divorce from the EU. However, with UK Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox confirming that the legal risk from the controversial Irish backstop "remains unchanged", her Conservative Party's hard-Brexiteers refused to back the so-called "improved" divorce arrangement, leaving Britain's exit from the European Union (EU) still precariously poised ahead of the March 29 Brexit deadline. (PTI)
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