Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

MPs defeat May, urge her to rule out 'no deal' Brexit

Houses of Parliament Image MPs are calling for the government to 'change course'
Sandy Nunez | 10 January, 2019, 04:20

UK Brexit minister Martin Callanan ruled out that prospect and said May would update MPs on Wednesday about the assurances over the backstop she is seeking from the EU.

"The real question for Members of Parliament who voted to give the public a say through the European referendum in 2016, who voted in large numbers to trigger Article 50, is the outcome of triggering Article 50 is you either have a deal and the EU have been clear that the only deal on the table is the PM's deal".

"I think he stepped way over the mark out today he's broken with parliamentary precedent".

"It shows that there is no majority in Parliament, the Cabinet or the country for crashing out of the European Union without an agreement", opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party said.

MPs will begin five days of debate on the Brexit deal on Wednesday, before finally voting on it next Tuesday (15 January). But the bloc refuses to reopen the agreement, and opposition to the negotiated deal remains strong among British lawmakers.

Numerous Labour MPs also came to his defence, with Labour MP Chuka Umunna tweeting: "In the Commons chamber now watching the spectacle of a bunch of Tory MPs, who argued for Brexit to reassert Parliamentary sovereignty, now objecting to the Speaker selecting a motion to be voted on that would empower the House of Commons".

This will take the form of a motion she lays before the Commons.

"If the prime minister's Brexit deal is defeated next week, she must return to Parliament as soon as possible and give MPs a real say on what happens next".

On Tuesday, legislators in the House of Commons handed the government a symbolic defeat by backing an amendment to the Finance Bill that puts roadblocks in the way of government spending on "no-deal" preparations.

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The government downplayed the significance of its defeat.

It also said it would accept a change to its Brexit plans which, if passed, would mean that parliament would have the chance to express its disapproval about entering the backstop, if the need to do so arose, without compromising the deal.

"I've been in contact with European leaders. about MPs' concerns".

Mrs May's attempts to win over MPs were further thwarted on Wednesday after the DUP dismissed new assurances over the controversial backstop element of the withdrawal agreement as "meaningless".

But, these were immediately rejected by the Tories' DUP allies, who prop up Mrs May's government at Westminster.

Parliament is due to vote on the divorce deal next week.

Dame Caroline, who organised the letter with Labour MP Jack Dromey, told the Press Association: "She showed that she understands the damage that would be caused if the United Kingdom did leave the European Union without a deal - she's not prepared to rule that out at this stage because of course in her view we can avoid all that if we support her agreement".

"I don't think the British public are served by fantasies about magical, alternative deals that are somehow going to spring out of a cupboard in Brussels", Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington said in an interview with BBC radio. But there is little indication that many MPs have been swayed and the deal is nearly certain to be defeated on Tuesday. Ms.