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Theresa May brings ailing Brexit deal back to Parliament

Theresa May tells MPs 'see you next Tuesday' as Brexit vote confirmed Plans for no deal Brexit suffers a blow as MPs vote against government | Latest Brexit news and top stories
Cary Marshall | 10 January, 2019, 04:18

The main impact is to transfer significant power to MPs to determine what kind of Brexit or no-Brexit the United Kingdom will have because - as and when - Theresa May loses the vote on her Brexit plan next week, she will have to report to parliament in three working days on what comes next.

John Bercow was at the centre of furious Commons scenes before MPs voted in favour of the amendment with a majority of 11, with several Tory Brexiteers furious he had allowed the vote on the issue.

Britain's prime minister Theresa May suffered a second defeat in parliament in two days as parliamentarians voted against her Brexit proposals.

"But it is also the intention if that were not to take place, that we would respond quickly and provide certainty on the way forward following that vote".

Hinting at one path of action MPs could try and force the prime minister down, Sir Keir told MPs: "There is a question of the extension of article 50, which may well be inevitable now, given the position that we are in, but of course we can only seek it, because the other 27 [EU member states] have to agree".

So at that point MPs could - at last, some would say - vote on what form of Brexit or no-Brexit (via a referendum) they would support.

The EU has ruled out even meeting with UK Brexit negotiators to talk about any changes to the agreement. "There won't be any meeting as such, because negotiations have been completed", a spokesperson for the EU told reporters in Brussels on Monday.

"It is a warning to the Government not to drift into No Deal at the end of March by accident or through brinkmanship", she said.

On Tuesday evening, Mrs May lost a vote on an amendment to a finance bill, which was created to limit the government's powers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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Effectively this constrains the government's ability to act to keep its taxation system working smoothly if it pursues a no-deal Brexit against the wishes of a majority in parliament.

The vote, which saw 20 legislators from May's Conservative Party rebel and vote with the opposition, indicates that a majority in Parliament opposes leaving the European Union without an agreement.

Responding to May's comments, the leader of the main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn called on May to "do the right thing" and call a public vote if she fails to get her divorce deal through parliament.

308 MPs voted for - compared to 297 MPs who voted against - an amendment made by Remainer Tory MP Dominic Grieve, requiring the Government to set out its alternative suggestion no more than three days after a defeat in the "meaningful vote".

Speaking at an European Union meeting in Brussels, she said: "We have said it repeatedly ..."

"What it now must do is hand the decision back to the people", Murray said.

A senior Downing Street source said they were "surprised" Mr Bercow permitted the division as ministers had received advice the business motion was unamendable.

A Number 10 spokesman said: "We are surprised that the Grieve amendment was selected, the advice we received was that it would not be in order".

In an effort to assuage MPs concerns, May has lobbied her European counterparts and officials in Brussels to make concessions on the clause.

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