Brexit Vote: Theresa May loses second Brexit vote

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2019

Charles Walker, vice chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, said defeat in Tuesday evening's meaningful vote would lead to a general election.

There will be another vote this evening on whether MPs will block the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union with a no-deal. "But Brexit can still be delivered, if the Prime Minister starts working collaboratively".

So if MPs prefer an "orderly exit" over no-deal and no Brexit, they will eventually have to vote positively in favour of a deal.

The prime minister is staring down another humiliating defeat for her Brexit deal, despite receiving last-minute agreements from Brussels. We could leave on 29 March as suggested.

While the prime minister yesterday raised the prospect of a second referendum, this doesn't look likely-there is no majority in parliament for this.

Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said Wednesday's "task" was "to take "no deal" off the table".

"It's time that we have a General Election and the people can choose who their Government should be", he said.

"I don't say it's going to happen, but clearly if a government can't get through on the one issue which we were really elected to deal with at the last election it puts us all in a very hard situation".

Hours before tonight's vote, ministers announced worrying new tariffs that are likely to provoke more accusations of scaremongering after months of apocalyptic warnings about the impact of a no deal Brexit.

"And people in the Borders are exhausted of the constant debate about Brexit and just want our country to move on".

Following that ruling, the Brexiteer ERG group of Tory MPs as well as the DUP said it could not recommend backing the deal.

Under the no deal plan revealed this morning, 87 per cent of products would be subject to zero tariffs in an effort to stop price spikes and kick-start trade with Britain from across the world.

"And that again puts another risk on not having Brexit at all".

"That's the first time that she's mentioned that as a proactive possibility, so I'm very encouraged by that, but of course we need to see how she actually responds in the legislation that will be brought forward in the next couple of days".

"That's the right thing to do and she has my support".

"You have to go and get a new mandate".

Calling for a further referendum, Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts argued the PM "must now accept that Parliament has rejected her wildly unpopular deal, so it is time to turn with respect to the public".

"It is completely irresponsible for the Conservatives to continue to put their party ahead of the national interest".

All Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru MPs voted against it.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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