Theresa May Brexit Deal Defeated in Historic Drubbing

Ann Santiago
January 16, 2019

"Time is nearly up", Juncker wrote.

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami and Delyn MP David Hanson have both said they can't support the Brexit agreement now on the table and have indicated they will vote down the deal. Constitutional devices such as citizens' assemblies, raised by Labour MP Lisa Nandy, and another referendum would allow leaders to hold their parties together and provide legitimacy for whatever the public decides.

In a joint reply to questions from May, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk said the EU stood by its commitment to try to reach a post-Brexit trade deal by the end of next year in order to avoid using the unpopular backstop. He said the contract needed to be honored.

"While no deal remains a serious risk...it is now my judgment that the more likely outcome is a paralysis in Parliament that risks there‪‪ being no Brexit", said May.

If that failed, the Liaison Committee - made up of senior backbenchers who chair Commons committees - would be given the job of coming up with its own compromise deal, which the Government would be legally required to implement if approved by MPs. But whether the opposition has the numbers to topple the government is unclear.

On December 12, May's Conservative party announces that enough MPs are unhappy with her leadership to trigger a confidence vote.

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. After this, "Exactly what deal Corbyn's future negotiators could extract from the European Union leaders can't be predicted in advance..."

It is an important day for the future of our country and we wanted to send a message that we want Sheffield's MPs to vote down Theresa May's deal and then support a People's Vote. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - the Northern Irish party that props up May's minority government - said it would work with the Prime Minister to secure a better deal.

This is the Brexit that the British government and European Union leaders want - and one which many MPs in the British parliament object to.


"I'm so pleased - but a bit concerned with what comes next", retiree Sarah Cuthbertson, 68, told AFP.

The deal suffered its first official parliamentary defeat in the House of Lords on Monday night as peers voted by 321 votes to 152 - a majority of 169 - to reject it. No deal would be a disaster for the United Kingdom and ignores the deep economic, human and legal links between the United Kingdom and the EU.

"We want the PM to go back to the European Union and say 'the backstop must go, '" Foster said. "This is normally a resilient bunch and they're looking on with horror at the political machinations", Federation of Small Businesses head Mike Cherry told Channel 5 News. She has insisted the March deadline will remain.

But the Labour leader called on MPs to vote down the agreement, saying: "This deal is bad for our economy, a bad deal for our democracy, and a bad deal for this country".

However Downing Street has given little indication as to how the Prime Minister intends to proceed if she is defeated. "I don't know how else you resolve the issue".

Much depends on the scale of May's expected defeat on the Brexit deal in Parliament.

"This is a bitter day for Europe". Desmond Swayne, one of those pledged on to vote down the deal, said he might back it to ensure Britain leaves the bloc.

The government has conducted visible displays of its ramped-up no-deal preparations over the past few weeks, but many MPs are promising to prevent such a scenario, should May be defeated.

Lawmakers finally get their chance to say yes or no to May's deal after more than two years of political upheaval.

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