May’s deal thrashed; no confidence motion debated tomorrow

British Parliament has voted against Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal with 202 votes in favour and 432 against. May said of the result that it is now clear what MPs do not want, but not what they want.

The British Prime Minister said in a statement to MPs following the result that if the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, tables a no confidence motion in the government, then it will be debated tomorrow. Corbyn subsequently tabled the motion saying it was the largest defeat for a government since the 1920s. The DUP released a statement shortly after saying, “We will support the government in confidence vote.”

In her statement to MPs following the result of the vote, May said, “It is clear that the House does not support this deal. But tonight’s vote tells us nothing about what it does support. Nothing about how – or even if – it intends to honour the decision the British people took in a referendum parliament decided to hold.” If the House shows that they still have confidence in the Government, then meetings with member of the House and the European Union will follow to decide on the way forward.

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk also suggested that perhaps Britain should consider cancelling Brexit.

Meanwhile, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker called for the UK to “clarify its intentions as soon as possible.”

The full Brexit motion which was voted against text is as follows: “That this House approves for the purposes of section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, the negotiated withdrawal agreement laid before the House on Monday 26 November 2018 with the title ‘Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community’ and the framework for the future relationship laid before the House on Monday 26 November 2018 with the title ‘Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom’.”

The result has just been made official after indications have not looked good for the Prime Minister and her dwindling supporters. In fact, official numbers show that 118 Conservative MPs voted against their Prime Minister as well.

Official voting figures show that 202 voted for the deal with 196 Conservatives; 3 Labour; and 3 Independents. Meanwhile, 432 voted against with 248 Labour; 118 Conservatives; 35 SNP; 11 Lib Dems; 10 DUP; 5 Independents; 4 Plaid Cymru and 1 Green.

Campaigners cheer outside Westminster as the result is announced celebrating what could be a step closer to the UK remaining after all.