United Kingdom leader brings her ailing Brexit deal back to Parliament

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 10, 2019

Theresa May's Brexit strategy was in deep crisis after she suffered the second heavy Commons defeat in less than 24 hours to her proposals.

On Wednesday, MPs approved a motion that will force her to return to Parliament with a "Plan B" within three sitting days of Parliament, or Monday.

Around 20 Tory MPs defied the government and backed the two motions this week and at least 40 hard-Brexit Tories have vowed to vote against the deal on Tuesday.

There was a major row in the Commons over whether Wednesday´s amendment could even be put to a vote, with Speaker John Bercow apparently disregarding the advice of his own clerk that it could not.

"That is what I have tried to do and what I will go on doing".

British legislators have slashed the time Prime Minister Theresa May's government will have to formulate a plan B if her widely criticised Brexit deal is rejected in a crucial parliamentary vote next week.

"The amendment doesn't affect the normal operations of the Treasury. but it does make it harder for the government to drift into no deal without parliament being able to direct it", Yvette Cooper, the MP who introduced the amendment, told the Guardian.

However, that could be less likely with the government's defeat on Tuesday.

May is also seeking assurances on the operation of the backstop from European leaders, which she hopes to deliver before the vote next week, although they say they will not reopen the deal.

May's fellow Conservative Party colleagues who support a hard Brexit, which would entail cutting nearly all ties to the EU.

"I disagree with that, and so I think do the vast majority of Members of Parliament".

Sir Keir also attacked the prime minister for now pushing ahead with the vote on her Brexit deal when "nothing has changed" to the terms of her agreement with Brussels.

The 303 to 296 defeat means the government needs explicit parliamentary approval to leave the European Union without a deal before it can use certain powers relating to taxation law.

Britain's de-facto deputy Prime Minister, David Lidington, said the only way to avoid a disruptive no-deal "is for Parliament to endorse and ratify a deal".

The future of Brexit remains deeply uncertain - with options ranging from a disorderly exit from the European Union to another membership referendum - because British lawmakers are expected on January 15 to vote down the deal May struck with the EU in November.

The vote, which saw 20 legislators from Mrs May's Conservative Party rebel and side with the Opposition, indicates that a majority in Parliament opposes leaving the European Union without an agreement and will try to stop it happening.

He later yelled "ridiculous" and "that is utter sophistry", but Mr Bercow defended his decision.

"I think it probably would have been against the advice of most people on parliamentary procedure". But the deal has run into fierce opposition among MPs, particularly from a group of Ms.

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom noted there were "some concerns" about Bercow's decision and challenged him on claims he had overruled the most senior Commons official, clerk Sir David Natzler, in making his decision. That is why we are taking every opportunity possible in Parliament to prevent no deal.

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