Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brexit: MPs to vote on 29 March no-deal exit from EU

Brexit: MPs to vote on 29 March no-deal exit from EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced in the early hours of Tuesday that the prime minister had secured "legally binding" changes to the deal and, in particular, to the controversial Irish backstop provision, which would be complemented with "meaningful clarifications" and "legal guarantees".

He then told Radio 5 Live that Theresa May has not allowed discussion of "alternative compromises" and "never been allowed to debate and vote on anything other than her deal". She won the vote by 412 to 202.

"Politics is a mess at the moment".

"If the United Kingdom still wants to leave the European Union in an orderly manner, this treaty is, and will remain, the only treaty possible", he said.

A delegation of senior Tories could ask Theresa May to resign this week after her Brexit deal was rejected by MPs by an overwhelming majority for a second time.

On Wednesday, another important vote was to take place to decide whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union without a deal - which the business world has said would be catastrophic.

We will vote to stop no-deal Brexit on March 29.

If no-deal is rejected, MPs will vote on Thursday on delaying Brexit by extending Article 50 - the legal mechanism that takes the United Kingdom out of the EU.

The EU has said it would need "a credible justification" before agreeing to any extension.

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He continued: "With her own deal now so decisively rejected, can we be informed by the prime minister what she is she now for?"

Britain has a wide range of newspapers but Wednesday's page one headlines are unanimous in suggesting May's position has been further weakened by the latest defeat: May clings on despite a second humiliating defeat (Daily Telegraph); Another huge defeat for May.

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.

"You'd have to have a supermajority in the House of Commons or two no-confidence votes and I don't think either of those will happen", he said.

"The Prime Minister's negotiations have failed". That is the right thing to do.

"That's what the deal delivers, that's what I continue to work to deliver".

Amid reports Brexiteer ministers have been granted a free vote on this proposal, Tory MP Steve Baker told BBC News the plan - which would see Brexit delayed until 22 May - was "eminently reasonable".

For Labour, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer (below) said they will not be backing an amendment calling for a second referendum and argued Thursday's debate was about whether Article 50 should be extended.

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