Brexit: MPs to vote on no-deal after rejecting May's plans

Drew Hendry

Drew Hendry

If Prime Minister Theresa May presses on with her Brexit deal after lawmakers vote to delay Britain's exit, parliament will have to look at other options, the opposition Labour Party's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said on Wednesday.

Instead, Theresa May is still running down the clock in an attempt to force MPs to back her Brexit deal.

"It's time that we have a general election and the people can choose who their government should be", Corbyn said on Tuesday after May suffered a humiliating 391 to 242 defeat when her Brexit deal was rejected by Parliament for a second time.

And Mr Western, the Labour MP for Warwick and Leamington, has told his constituents he will be voting later today to take the option of a "no deal" Brexit off the table. She added, to some cheers from her backbenchers: "I may not have my own voice, but I do understand the voice of the country".

"Theresa May's bad deal has been thumped down, yet again, by another huge majority and it came as a surprise to no one", he said.

'After that resounding defeat, the prime minister must now accept her deal is dead otherwise her government will continue to bring uncertainty and damage to the country'.

To secure an extension to Article 50, Mrs May would need the support of the 27 other European Union states.

Independent Group MP Anna Soubry told the Commons: "It's a shameful carry-on when a former chairman of the Conservative Party is whipped against to the extent she will not push that amendment to the vote".

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"The government's no deal impact assessment published just two weeks ago told us that "food prices are likely to increase", and that custom checks could cost business £13billion a year".

"If the deal is defeated tonight it is impossible to imagine that the prime minister would allow this to drift into next week, when Oliver Letwin will table a bill for the House of Commons to take over the negotiating process".

He added the Commons needs to listen to the country, including workers and European Union nationals who are fearful for their futures, saying of Mrs May: "She needs now to show leadership".

There will be another vote this evening on whether MPs will block the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union with a no-deal.

The North West Cambridgeshire MP said: "Given no-deal Brexit is the Government's default position, will the Prime Minister kindly inform the House she will instruct the Chancellor to make available whatever funds are required to ensure the country is as best prepared as possible in the event we do leave on a no-deal basis".

He said: "I made a promise in the election to call a referendum and I called the referendum. We are committed to ratifying this deal before 29 March".

Divisions between the different wings of the Cabinet were on show as MPs considered rejecting a no-deal Brexit.

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