March 19, 2019

UK opposition Labour: lawmakers must reject PM May's Brexit deal

16 March 2019, 12:56 | Devin Moran

Labour's Corbyn says May's Brexit deal not even close to changes promised

UK lawmakers to vote on fresh referendum

The Labour leader said the prime minister was in denial about her own deal's lack of support after MPs rejected by a margin of 149 votes.

He then told Radio 5 Live that Theresa May has not allowed discussion of "alternative compromises" and "never been allowed to debate and vote on anything other than her deal".

We will vote to stop no-deal Brexit on March 29.

"Tonight this House has once again definitely ruled out no deal", Corbyn said, after lawmakers voted 312-308 for an amendment that would stop May from exiting the European Union on March 29 without a withdrawal agreement or future relationship framework.

He said: "Prime Minister, have you had the opportunity to consider whether you would support that amendment?"

Its chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the European Union "cannot go any further" in trying to persuade MPs to back the agreed terms of exit and the United Kingdom had to break the impasse.

Another 18 Labour MPs voted against the amendment, highlighting the divisions in the Labour party.

Mr Corbyn countered by saying her Brexit strategy is "in tatters" and her deal is "dead", before criticising Mrs May for having "refused to listen".

"Obviously, what needs to happen next is to rule out no-deal that would be a disaster for our country - and to seek an extension, and I'm sure that is what is going to happen next".

The Commons voted 312 to 308 - a majority of four - in favour of a cross-party amendment, tabled by Dame Caroline Spelman, rejecting a no-deal Brexit. And just 16 days until Brexit (Guardian); Croaky horror show (The Sun); How much more of this can Britain take (Daily Express); May loses control of Brexit after MPs throw out revamped deal (Financial Times); Out of control (Independent); Driven to despair (The Times); and The House of Fools (Daily Mail). She won the vote by 412 to 202.

As Mrs May said following the loss of yet another "Meaningful Vote", seeking an extension of Article 50 and therefore a delay of Brexit will now become government policy and all eyes will now turn to the European Union and whether they will in-fact grant this.

He told MPs: 'We either deliver on the result of the referendum, giving people and businesses across the country the certainty they're calling for and move on as a nation, or we enter into a sustained period of uncertainty during which time the government would work with this House to find a way through, but which I fear would do real damage to the public's faith in politics and trust in our democracy'.

Crispin Blunt said: "They should have resigned".

Ahead of the no-deal Commons vote, the government announced that most imports into the United Kingdom would not attract a tariff in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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