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Tories rally behind May to defeat Corbyn's no-confidence motion

16 January, 2019, 23:44 | Author: Lawrence Cooper
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The British Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal by a wide margin: There were 202 yes votes for the prime minister's plan and 432 votes to reject deal, making it the worst defeat for a government in a Parliamentary vote in the country's history dating back to 1924.

His party has not ruled out tabling further no-confidence motions.

"The events in Parliament today are really quite remarkable", said Cambridge University political historian Luke Blaxill.

"We shouldn't have any further delay", Louise Ellman, a senior Labour lawmaker, said.

He then introduced a motion of no-confidence, to be debated and voted upon on Wednesday.

Ms May's parliamentary allies in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have led the charge against her Brexit deal, but do not want a Labour government.

Rob Ford, a professor of politics at Manchester University, stressed that these were odd times.

May postponed a vote on the deal in December to avoid certain defeat, and there were few signs ahead of the vote that sentiment had changed significantly since then. Game over. The prime minister would be gone and the government would probably fall immediately.

"There is still a long way to go, but hopes of a mutually beneficial solution are growing", he said. Nothing about Tuesday's vote has altered that trajectory.

Mr Boles is part of a group of Tory and Labour MPs who are pushing for a Norway-style soft Brexit which would keep the United Kingdom tied to the EU customs union and single market.

"Good luck to the representatives of the nation who have to implement something that doesn't exist", Macron said.

But the vote against her deal was decisive.

"The voting result in the British House of Commons was very clear, " Mr Luik said.

The magic number the prime minister needed to win the crucial House of Commons vote on her Brexit deal was 318.

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"What Theresa May does now will become less and less relevant to what outcome we get".

The German leader of the centre-right European People Party's group, Manfred Weber, said there was "no room for manoeuvre" for renegotiating the current accord.

Leaders in Brussels, who expected the deal to fail, were still stunned by the scale.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker urged London to "clarify its intentions as soon as possible", while EU negotiator Michel Barnier said he "regretted profoundly the vote".

"We are well prepared, but a hard Brexit would be the least attractive choice, for the European Union and [UK]", he said.

A chaotic no-deal departure could have harsh economic and humanitarian consequences for both sides. Opponents of Brexit say it is folly that will weaken the West, make Britain poorer and torpedo what remains of its post-imperial clout.

European Council President Donald Tusk highlighted the quagmire the United Kingdom had sunk into, and hinted that the best solution might be for Britain not to leave. "But a few warm words in the formal political declaration that accompanies the legal text of the agreement might be enough to give wavering Tory rebels a ladder to climb down, should Britain approach its planned departure day on March 29th with no deal in sight". We need to have a proper debate about what sort of future do we want in our relationship with Europe.

"Brexit is a disgrace for the British people and for the EU". As members hooted and jeered, the speaker gaveled them to be quiet, complaining of the "noisy and unseemly atmosphere".

Labour's headquarters in London described as inaccurate claims the party doesn't have an alternative plan. Now he said he felt the same duty to confront his neighbors over Brexit.

John Allan, president of the Confederation of British Industry and chairman of supermarket group Tesco, told BBC Radio that those thinking they could renegotiate European Union trade relations from scratch were living in "cloud cuckoo land". "Brexit is a con, a trick, a swindle, a fraud".

"Plus, you choose the team, you choose the team that will take us forward".

Outside Parliament, the scene was raucous.

She promised to hold discussions with MPs from across parliament to identify ideas "that are genuinely negotiable and have sufficient support in this House". Another man in the crowd suggested that the prime minister should face the executioner's ax. Others favor a customs union with the EU. She moved to Britain from Germany in 1981, and she studied and raised her children here.

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