Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

British Parliament votes against May's Brexit plan

British Parliament votes against May's Brexit plan

While a disorderly Brexit would hurt the EU, several top European officials warned that no delay would be granted unless Britain comes up with a clear and substantial plan, which it would try to achieve if given more time.

Seven cabinet ministers were among those to vote against the motion: Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, Commons leader Andrea Leadsom, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson. The Conservatives would then have to pick a new leader to replace her as prime minister.

A significant number of MPs want a second referendum.

But Downing Street indicated that the four - Greg Clark, David Gauke, Amber Rudd and David Mundell - would not lose their jobs.

A drawn and hoarse May admitted defeat - again - and confirmed that Parliament will vote Wednesday on whether to leave the European Union on March 29 without an agreement.

The motion asks lawmakers to pass five documents, including two that were the original Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration agreed to by the United Kingdom and the European Union but later rejected by British MPs; one that reduces risk the United Kingdom.

Mr Coveney said a long extension would give the United Kingdom a "long reflection period" about the kind of Brexit they want and could facilitate a fundamental rethink.

Mrs May later headed to the Commons to address Tory MPs behind closed doors.

The DUP has pledged to carefully analyse the Brexit deal add-ons, remaining non-committal on whether it would now back the Withdrawal Agreement.

The result was welcomed by business, with Josh Hardie of the CBI saying it showed "there is still some common sense in Westminster".

Donald Trump has said Theresa May ignored his suggestions on how to negotiate Brexit and he is surprised at how badly it has been handled.

"It's finally time for Theresa May to admit her deal is past the point of no return", said Lee Hardman, currency analyst at global bank MUFG based in London. "They lack courage and belief in our great nation". May could also move to delay the exit until June.

She said parliament was now at an impasse: "Does it wish to revoke Article 50 (announcing intention to leave the EU)?" The EU Commission said it would "expect a credible justification" for the postponement.

She insisted that she had delivered what Parliament asked her to do. It has the same legal status as the Withdrawal Agreement. Parliament chose to reject that deal and we now have to confront the hard position that decisions taken by Parliament have left us in.

"The EU will want to know what use we mean to make of such an extension".

In a statement, the European Commission said the member states "have done all that is possible to reach an agreement". It takes only one European Union member state to veto an extension.

She said: "This is a betrayal of Labour Party members and voters, Labour MPs, Labour's conference policy and, most importantly, the British public".

He said it was "part of Labour's engagement with MPs across Parliament, to find a practical solution to break the Brexit deadlock".

His advice deals a significant blow to Mrs May's hopes of overturning the 230-vote of her Withdrawal Agreement in the second "meaningful vote" on the deal in the House of Commons tonight. If this vote also fails, there will be a last vote on Thursday on the probable extension of Article 50.

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