Shadow Ministers And Labour Whip Rebel To Vote Against Second Brexit Referendum

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 16, 2019

Mrs May's spokesman has said that the government was still making preparations in the event of a no-deal divorce.

Mrs May has put forward two deals to Parliament, both of which have been rejected in an overwhelming majority.

Using a threat of a lengthy extension to Article 50, she has made clear that her negotiated divorce deal is still on the table and seeks to push rebel lawmakers into supporting it, despite having had it rejected twice - in January by a historic margin, and again earlier this week, on Tuesday.

In total 17 Labour MPs voted against the amendment, which was defeated by 334 votes to 85.

"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.

Our Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire MPs - Stephen McPartland, Nadine Dorries, Bim Afolami, Alistair Burt and Sir Oliver Heald - all voted in favour of PM Theresa May's second Brexit deal.

The past week's votes have exposed divisions in the UK's two largest parties.

"No deal denied, Article 50 extended".

BTheresa May speaks in the House of Commons.

"All of us across this House now have the opportunity to work together to find a solution to the crisis the government has plunged us into".

However, that vote was not legally-binding - and under current law the United Kingdom could still leave without a deal on 29 March.

The MPs were expected to vote on an extension of the Article 50 on Thursday, potentially delaying Brexit until May or later.

Labour MP Jess Phillips said she would support a 21-month extension of the Article 50 oto prolong the withdrawal process.

Professor Iain Begg, of the European Institute and co-director of the Dahrendorf Forum at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said: "EU agreement is likely, but the EU side will want reassurance that the extension is for a objective, not just to permit further procrastination by the UK".

Since Britain voted in June 2016 to leave the European Union, companies have been triggering a series of contingency plans to help prepare for any loss of free and unfettered trade with the vehicle industry's biggest export market.

A Number 10 source characterised the exchange as "productive, open and honest", adding that Cabinet "collectively agreed to redouble their resolve in working to deliver on the result of the referendum to leave the European Union by securing support for a deal". The EU is prepared for both. To take no deal off the table, it is not enough to vote against no deal - you have to agree to a deal. "We have agreed a deal with the prime minister, and the European Union is ready to sign it".

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