Parliament Again Votes Down May’s Brexit Deal


To avoid a walkout by Cabinet ministers who oppose a no-deal Brexit, Mrs May initially gave Tories a free vote on the Government motion.

"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. They must now move to revoke Article 50 as a matter of urgency, or give the country the final say in a referendum on the Prime Minister's plan".

She added: "I don't believe there is a deal out there that is better than we have now".

Last night, along with most MPs, I voted against the Prime Minister's Deal.

Heidi Allen MP
Heidi Allen MP

Charles Walker, a senior Tory backbencher, said if the deal was voted down May would have no choice but to call a snap general election.

South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen, a member of the Independent Group, said she was surprised at how large the loss was for the government, adding that she now senses a real opportunity.

"That funding is being used to ensure we have preparations for a no deal". He said it was now "the responsibility of the UK" to suggest a way forward, telling the European Parliament: 'What will their choice be, what will be the line they will take?

"For that reason, I can confirm that this will be a free vote on this side of the House".

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She told parliament that she has struggled with the need to honor the 2016 Brexit referendum results while also getting a good deal from Brussels, adding that if MPs vote to leave with no deal, that will become official government policy.

"Her eleventh-hour dash to Strasbourg looked like a desperate ploy to pull the wool over everyone's eyes". It makes us a rule taker, not a rule maker.

"I've always said that is not a viable option and in 2017 I was re-elected on a manifesto that clearly stated that I wouldn't support leaving without a deal". But what a mess.

Speaking after the defeat, she said MPs would have to decide whether they want to delay Brexit, hold another referendum, or whether they "want to leave with a deal but not this deal".

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But Sir Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley, Ms Flint both voted in favour of Mrs May's deal, along with fellow Labour colleague John Mann, who represents Bassetlaw.

Hours before tonight's vote, ministers announced worrying new tariffs that are likely to provoke more accusations of scaremongering after months of apocalyptic warnings about the impact of a no deal Brexit.

But Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said he would prefer a no-deal scenario - even though it risks economic harm and threatens to break up the United Kingdom - to the prospect of not leaving the European Union.

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