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Theresa May humiliated by two defeats on Brexit votes in parliament

MPs vote to reduce risk of no-deal Brexit, handing power to parliament in deciding fate of Brexit

UK premier Theresa May and her plans on delivering Brexit have suffered a heavy blow after having been defeated twice in parliament over amendments that would reduce the risk of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.

On Tuesday, Labour MP Yvette Cooper tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill that would prohibit government ministers from spending on preparations for a no-deal Brexit and prevent the government from surpassing parliament authority to achieve this. [1]

MPs voted 303 to 296 in favour of the amendment, among them were 20 Conservative MPs who defied the government whip and voted with the opposition parties. [1]

Leader of the opposition Labour party Jeremy Corbyn praised the opposition victory as an “important step” towards preventing the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

“This vote is an important step to prevent a no deal Brexit. It shows that there is no majority in Parliament, the Cabinet or the country for crashing out of the EU without an agreement,” [2] Corbyn said.

“That is why we are taking every opportunity possible in Parliament to prevent no deal. Theresa May must now rule out no deal once and for all,” he added.

On Wednesday, the government suffered yet another defeat in the House of Commons after MPs voted 308-297 in favour of an amendment that would force Theresa May to negotiate a new deal within three days of losing the vote on her Brexit deal scheduled for next week.

Unlike the first amendment that was tabled by an opposition MP, the second amendment was tabled by the Conservative MP and former attorney general Dominic Grieve who is against Brexit and is campaigning for a second referendum.

“I realise there are a few of my colleagues who believe that if the government’s deal is rejected we should simply do nothing and leave the EU on March 29 with no deal at all and with all, to my mind, the calamitous consequences that would follow on from it,” [3] Grieve said.

“I disagree with that, and so I think do the vast majority of members of parliament. The only way we can move forward if the government’s deal is not acceptable to parliament is for parliament to engage with government and find a solution, which is what I am trying to do,” [3] he added.

The latest defeats add more pressure to a government that has become increasingly boxed in due to the lack of support it faces in parliament and the public.

The defeats highlight the intense divisions faced by a weak Theresa May and her minority government in parliament and proves the chaos Brexit is causing in the political establishment of the UK.

During the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions in parliament, Theresa May clearly stated that the UK will be leaving the EU on March 29th and that her deal is the only alternative to a no deal. [4]

The prime minister is widely expected to lose her Brexit deal vote next week, which is said to be the most important vote in parliament, and it is uncertain what will happen next if and when her Brexit deal is voted down.

Prime Minister May postponed the vote last month after admitting that her government would’ve faced a humiliating defeat. [4]

As such, the vote will take place on January 15th and May is still expected to lose after the DUP, which props up her government, have reiterated they will still vote against her deal over opposition to the Irish backstop arrangement. [4]

May has also failed in renegotiating her deal with the EU, with officials in Brussels saying the deal on the table is non-negotiable. [4]

Source: www.islam21c.com


[1] https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/british-legislators-create-obstacle-deal-brexit-190108194354563.html

[2] https://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn/status/1082714710993182720

[3] https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/09/mps-force-theresa-may-to-table-plan-b-if-she-loses-brexit-deal-vote

[4] https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/brexit-may-suffers-second-defeat-on-brexit-amendment/1360360

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