Labour leader Corbyn demands general election after Theresa May’s Brexit defeat

16 March, 2019, 15:43 | Author: Carlos George
  • Theresa May

Britain's main opposing party, the Labour Party, publicly announced its support for a second referendum on Brexit following the parliamentary vote that the United Kingdom leave the European Union without an established deal.

However, more than half the total number of MPs voted against the motion, making clear the lack of support in the House of Commons for staging a second vote.

Theresa May's cabinet rebelled against her as MPs voted to block a no-deal Brexit.

The Chancellor is said to have pushed. She won the vote by 412 to 202.

Mrs May reiterated votes are planned on a no-deal Brexit and extending Article 50, adding: "There will be hard choices for this House but this House will need to determine what its view is on the way forward".

"The prime minister doesn't seem to understand - her deal has been flatly rejected twice by this house by unprecedented majorities", Corbyn said, saying May had "refused to listen" to business groups and others throughout the process.

If no-deal is rejected, MPs will vote on Thursday on delaying Brexit by extending Article 50 - the legal mechanism that takes the United Kingdom out of the EU.

The UK can still leave the European Union with a "good deal", Theresa May has insisted.

Although this would bring the Brexit deals to square one, it might be better delaying than a leap into the dark.

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Ministers met for a reportedly testy political meeting of Cabinet ahead of the votes, at which Mrs May was said to have berated four senior colleagues who defied the Tory whip earlier in the week to abstain in the no-deal vote.

Another poll by Conservative Home showed that more than three quarters (78%) of Tory activists think MPs should vote against an extension of Article 50.

The MP this morning slammed the Prime Minister as a "control freak" who needs to resign as soon as a deal is struck.

Members of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs have tabled an amendment that would see the United Kingdom leave without a formal agreement, with the backstop being replaced by alternative arrangements and a series of "standstill" economic arrangements until the end of 2021 to minimise disruption.

He added the Commons needs to listen to the country, including workers and European Union nationals who are fearful for their futures, saying of Mrs May: "She needs now to show leadership".

Some of them believe it's time now to go hell-for-leather to leave without an overarching deal but move to make as much preparation as possible, and fast.

Amid reports Brexiteer ministers have been granted a free vote on this proposal, Tory MP Steve Baker told BBC News the plan - which would see Brexit delayed until 22 May - was "eminently reasonable".

"We take note of the votes in the House of Commons this evening", the spokesman said.

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