Labour: MPs must reject May's Brexit deal

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2019

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has demanded a general election after embattled Prime Minister Theresa May's second major parliamentary defeat on the Brexit, saying she must let the people decide who should lead them into the next phase of the UK's divorce deal with the EU.

He told MPs they had "a solemn duty in the days ahead to put aside our differences and seek a compromise".

The Chancellor said he hoped the Withdrawal Agreement Mrs May struck with the European Union could ultimately win the backing of a majority of MPs despite the fact it has already been rejected twice.

Wordsworth's dancing daffodils do look golden in Downing Street but inside Number 10, where Britain's embattled Prime Minister is holed up nursing a sore throat after non-stop negotiations with Brussels over her Brexit deal, the mood is anything but sunny.

But Jeremy Corbyn said the PM's plan had been "decisively rejected" and she needed to change course.

The Labour leader repeated his calls for Mrs May to "move on from her red lines" and suggested his alternative plan to remain in a customs union was "the only show in town".

Within government, there is renewed optimism that success is possible.

While May was reluctant to give a vote on delaying Brexit in the first place, there is widespread relief that she managed to thwart a backbench plan for the Commons to seize control of Brexit from the Government. "Last night's vote finished off her deal".

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"While an extension of Article 50 is now inevitable, responsibility for that extension lies exclusively and squarely at the Prime Minister's door", he said.

Mrs May, who is now chairing a cabinet meeting, has said Tory MPs will get a free vote on Wednesday evening's motion.

In response, May said only that there would be "hard choices" for MPs, both on the vote over no deal, and if that is ruled out, a vote on Thursday over whether to extend article 50. To take no deal off the table, it is not enough to vote against no deal - you have to agree to a deal.

May responded: "The deal that he's proposing has been rejected several times by this house".

"But I think we also have to explore other options".

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".

She will tell MPs whether she will vote for no deal or not when she opens Wednesday's debate.

"I would be delighted if a consensus emerges behind the Prime Minister's deal over the next day or two".

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