Published: Sat, January 19, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Crushing defeat for Theresa May in Brexit deal vote

Crushing defeat for Theresa May in Brexit deal vote

The small Northern Irish DUP party, which props up her minority government and had said it would oppose the deal, said it would still back May in the no confidence vote.

Update: UK Prime Minister Theresa May has narrowly survived a no-confidence vote in parliament.

In the event of a defeat, the government must set out what happens next by Monday at the latest.

She offered cross-party talks with MPs across the House to determine a way forward.

May said the government will "listen" and said she would fight a no-confidence tomorrow - effectively daring Jeremy Corbyn to call one.

May, who had postponed a vote on the deal in December to avoid certain defeat, had implored lawmakers to back her deal and deliver on voters' decision in 2016 to leave the EU.

The government and opposition parties ordered lawmakers to cancel all other plans to be on hand for the crucial vote.

"With the clock ticking ever louder amid an ever-growing crisis, further negotiation is pointless".

"This vote tells us nothing about how or if [Parliament] intends to honour the decision the British people took in a referendum Parliament chose to hold, and European Union citizens who have made their home here and United Kingdom citizens living in the European Union deserve clarity on these questions as soon as possible", Mrs May responded defiantly. Labour has not confirmed its timing yet. Our supporters and members now need the opposition to act.

After this morning's vote Mrs May told MPs it was her duty to deliver on Brexit.

The former Brexit secretary told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I made clear when I resigned that there were three aspects that needed to be addressed".

Uncertainty over Brexit has hit the British economy hard.

"The fireworks will happen after today - when it is clear what happens next", she said, predicting that a decision not to leave the European Union would send sterling shooting up while a no-deal Brexit would send it down to record lows.

Two and a half years after the referendum, Britain remains divided over how, and whether, to leave the EU.

This would not be popular with the 52 percent of people who voted for Brexit two years ago and there could be substantial repercussions.

"Liberal Democrats have campaigned since the referendum to give people the final say on Brexit".

But that could prove problematic if she has suffered a massive defeat, with European Union leaders reluctant to give ground if they believe it is simply impossible for her to get the deal through the Commons.

The humiliating rebuff was delivered in the House of Commons just moments after the Prime Minister made a last-ditch appeal for MPs to back the Withdrawal Agreement which she sealed with Brussels in November after nearly two years of negotiation.

"If not - I am very clear what I would like the Labour Party to be arguing for - and that's for us to refer it back to the people".

It is thought highly unlikely that the Prime Minister will step down, however damning the defeat, therefore Jeremy Corbyn may decide to table a motion of no confidence in the government after the meaningful vote.

More than 100 Tory MPs have also declared their opposition to the plan, amid speculation the Government could suffer one of the heaviest defeats of modern times.

"She can not seriously believe that after two years of failure she is capable of negotiating a good deal for the people of this county".

Moments after the result was announced - with Speaker John Bercow bellowing "the noes have it" to a packed Commons chamber - May said it was only right to test whether the government still had lawmakers' support to carry on.

The Withdrawal Agreement secured by the Prime Minister in Brussels in November looks set to go down to one of the heaviest Commons defeats in modern history, after a last-gasp appeal to Tory rebels fell on deaf ears.

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