The lower house of British parliament known as House of Commons rejected the Brexit deal offered by the Conservative government of PM May. It was an embarrassing defeat for British PM May as the MPs voted overwhelmingly against the deal. Only 202 MPs supported the Brexit deal while 432 MPs voted against it. The margin of defeat is historic 230 votes.
It is the first time since 1924 that a sitting government suffered defeat with such a huge margin. This defeat has put the political future of PM May at risk. It is most likely that May will face increased opposition from her party colleagues. This defeat has once again raised the prospects of no deal exit for Britain.
The dejected PM May spoke after the vote in the parliament and said that “The house has spoken and the government will listen. 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” taken by the British people to leave the European Union, she said. “Listen to the British people, who want this issue settled,” said May.
The opposition Labour party immediately triggered a vote of no-confidence in May’s government, hoping to capitalize on a perilous moment to force a general election. Acknowledging the scale of the defeat, the Prime Minister said she would allow time for the House of Commons to debate the motion on Wednesday.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called the defeat “catastrophic” and said a vote of no-confidence would allow the House of Commons to “give its verdict on the sheer incompetence of this government.”
May now has 24 hours to save her government. If she loses the vote of no-confidence, it makes a general election more likely. If she survives, however, May said she would follow a two-stage process to break the Brexit impasse. First, she offered cross-party talks with lawmakers as an attempt to try and figure out a way forward. May promised the government would approach those talks in a “constructive” manner.
Then, if a consensus emerges, she would take a revised plan to the European Union. But there isn’t much time: Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, whether a deal is in place or not. “Every day that passes without this issue being resolved means more uncertainty, more bitterness and more rancor,” May said.
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17 November, 2019