Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Brexit: MPs to vote on 29 March no-deal exit from EU

Brexit: MPs to vote on 29 March no-deal exit from EU

She had been dealt a major blow when attorney-general Geoffrey Cox said in his official legal advice that the assurances did not remove the risk of the United Kingdom being trapped indefinitely in the backstop arrangements.

Mrs May declined to do so, sticking by her deal as the best way to Brexit, but added money had been made available for no-deal preparations.

"Ultimately, I do not believe that the United Kingdom will be able to find an agreeable solution to Brexit within a "short time" - we will need a minimum extension of a year". She added, to some cheers from her backbenchers: "I may not have my own voice, but I do understand the voice of the country".

The 10 DUP MPs - the Conservative Party's minority government allies - also rejected the deal alongside the opposition parties, including 238 Labour MPs, according to the division list.

"If the deal is defeated tonight it is impossible to imagine that the prime minister would allow this to drift into next week, when Oliver Letwin will table a bill for the House of Commons to take over the negotiating process".

Nicky Morgan, the former Tory education secretary, said she did not think May would be able to stay in office "for very much longer" if the deal was rejected.

The prime minister added: "We can not serve our country by overturning a democratic decision of the British people".

"People absolutely need to hold their nerve and trust that there are enough of us in Parliament on both sides that are fighting for a deal that doesn't damage our economy".

She said that the choices facing the United Kingdom were "unenviable", but because of the rejection of her deal, "they are choices that must be faced".

If it reaches that point, public health minister Steve Brine said he would resign unless Tory MPs are given a free vote on the issue.

Matt Western was among many MPs to have voted against Theresa May's latest Brexit deal in Parliament last night. It makes us a rule taker, not a rule maker.

"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's what's going to happen next".

"Allowing a free vote on no deal shows Theresa May has given up any pretence of leading the country".

On his Facebook page, Mr Western has said: "This week, there are three key Brexit votes".

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Eurosceptic MPs had to "start with realities" that less than a quarter of MPs would accept a "No Deal" Brexit and said he expected a move to reject "No Deal" would pass handsomely.

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