MPs across the south east react to Brexit defeat

Clay Curtis
March 13, 2019

The Prime Minister's plight was the delight of Twitter as users took to the platform in force to mock the embattled leader as she tried in vain to persuade MPs to back her deal.

The first version of Brexit deal was voted down by an overwhelming margin in January.

Mr Corbyn then pressed Mrs May to confirm how she will vote on the no-deal Brexit motion, which seeks to rule out leaving without a Withdrawal Agreement but also notes leaving without a deal remains the default position in United Kingdom and European Union law.

Theresa May has been described as a "rabbit in the headlights", too frightened of Brexiteers in her party to really say how bad no-deal would be for country, according to a Labour MP.

Asked if Labour would push for another motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister she said it was "something that we may consider in the future".

Mrs May said MPs would have to decide whether they want to delay Brexit, hold another referendum, or whether they "want to leave with a deal but not this deal".

The U.K. Parliament defeated Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit proposal for the second time on Tuesday.

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Some of them believe it's time now to go hell-for-leather to leave without an overarching deal but move to make as much preparation as possible, and fast.

While the plans will see tariffs on 87 percent of goods, imported to the United Kingdom cut to zero, the price of some imports, such as meats, will rise.

She said: "Mrs May's authority has been eroded among both hardline ERG Brexiteers, and Remain-leaning Cabinet ministers, who appear to be breaking with collective responsibility altogether".

The Labour MP said the PM should "feel the courage to say I'm terrified" of no deal and say that even it means being kicked out of Number 10 - because "that is what courage and leadership is". Mrs May's massive defeat also opens the door to drastic options such as a general election or second referendum.

Amid speculation about how long she can survive in Downing Street, the Prime Minister's aides insisted she had not considered resigning.

If MPs reject no-deal as most Westminster observers expect, a third vote will follow tomorrow on whether to authorise Mrs May to request an extension of the two-year Article 50 negotiation process.

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