Theresa May confirms she will vote to block no-deal Brexit

Clay Curtis
March 16, 2019

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has demanded a general election after embattled Prime Minister Theresa May's second major parliamentary defeat on the Brexit, saying she must let the people decide who should lead them into the next phase of the UK's divorce deal with the EU.

Jeremy Corbyn will whip his Labour Party MPs to reject the vote that would see the United Kingdom crashing out of the European Union without a deal in place.

The vote came after May's plan to exit the European Union was also rejected with only 17 days before the Brexit due date.

"Isn't it time she moved on from her red lines and faced the reality of the situation she has got herself, her party, this parliament and this country into?" he said. With the Brexit deal now dead in the water, and only two weeks to go until the United Kingdom exits the EU, MPs now face two key votes this week.

The prime minister, which has been under a storm of criticism ever since she presented the original agreement, promised to secure legally binding and significant changes to the backstop.

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey told the BBC that Parliament would increasingly "set the agenda" if the government was not in control of events.

Today's votes saw three amendments debated and then voted on.

He said he will now meet with MPs from across the House of Commons to "find a compromise solution".

"We can not serve our country by overturning a democratic decision of the British people".

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Labour's plan, Corbyn added, was "the credible show in town, available and ready to be negotiated".

The MPs were expected to vote on an extension of the Article 50 on Thursday, potentially delaying Brexit until May or later. The first one tonight is a yes or no answer on whether to back a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Corbyn has renewed his calls for Mrs May to resign as Prime Minister.

A European commission spokesman said the vote was not enough and London had to choose between a deal or a no deal exit.

Labour wants no-deal to be "taken off the table" and is likely to back an amendment - a legislative tool - tabled by MPs Jack Dromey and Caroline Spelman ruling out the United Kingdom leaving without an agreement at any stage in the process.

Opening the debate in the Commons, Mr Lidington said: 'We basically have two options. The EU is prepared for both.

Some of her colleagues around the Cabinet table think it shows she has to tack to a closer deal with the EU.

In his concluding remarks, he said: "The Prime Minister's deal has failed, she no longer has the ability to lead, this is a rudderless Government in the face of a huge national crisis".

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