Theresa May’s Brexit plan rejected by British parliament

Virginia Carson
January 16, 2019

Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, who is spearheading efforts to unite Parliament to prevent a no-deal Brexit, said ahead of the vote that the prime minister is, "pursuing a policy which doesn't meet with Parliament's approval, and it's gradually running into the sand".

"If the House confirms its confidence in this Government I will then hold meetings with my colleagues, our Confidence & Supply partner the DUP and senior Parliamentarians from across the House to identify what would be required to secure the backing of the House", Ms May said in the Commons.

Frustrated EU leaders called on May to make her intentions clear on the future of Brexit clear.

'We have a compromise, ' Maas said.

"We need to confirm whether this government enjoys the confidence of this house. I therefore Mr Speaker inform you I have now tabled a motion of no confidence in this government".

In her statement to MPs after the crushing blow Mrs May said she planned to return to the Commons next Monday with an alternative plan - if she survives the confidence vote - and has so far ruled out extending Article 50 beyond the March 29 deadline.

Check back on for a live stream of the vote as it happens in Parliament.

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And EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned that "time is nearly up" as he announced no deal planning will be ramped up in the wake of the defeat.

"Everything has been done in recent weeks and months to signal our interest in a positive decision", Maas said.

May said parliament had spoken and the government had listened.

Now, it's quite clear in the Brexit negotiations that it was Parliament that was the suffering institution - now it's going to regain control.

Political paralysis in Westminster is more likely to lead to "no Brexit" and the United Kingdom staying in the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Monday (14 January) as she launched a last-ditch attempt to save her Brexit deal.

May is hoping that her Brexit deal with the European Union will be approved by parliament on Tuesday so it can be put into action. The only way forward for the country is through a People's Vote where people have the right to choose to stay in the EU.

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"The responsibility of each and every one of us at this moment is profound, for this is a historic decision that will set the future of our country for generations".

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox appeared to indicate that the PM will resist pressure to tear up her plan or to seek cross-party consensus on a new approach.

Referring to the backstop, Dublin said it recalled the "clear position" of the European Union that May's withdrawal agreement was not open for renegotiation.

The amendments will be voted on before the deciding ballot on the overall motion.

The debate takes place in the lower house of parliament, the House of Commons.

Corbyn said renegotiations can not be ruled out if MPs reject the current deal. The Conservative Party vice-chair Tom Pursglove resigned in order to vote against the Brexit deal.

In the last few weeks May has sought new reassurances on the deal's most contentious section, an insurance policy known as the "backstop" created to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

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If Corbyn wins the vote and a new government can not command the support of the majority of MPs within 14 calendar days, parliament is dissolved and a general election is triggered.

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