Brexit: MPs defeat government over no-deal preparations

Brexit: MPs defeat government over no-deal preparations

Brexit: MPs defeat government over no-deal preparations

On Wednesday, MPs approved a motion that will force her to return to Parliament with a "Plan B" within three sitting days of Parliament, or Monday.

Theresa May suffered yet another defeat over Brexit on Wednesday after a furious row erupted between Tory MPs and Commons Speaker John Bercow.

"But it is also the intention if that were not to take place, that we would respond quickly and provide certainty on the way forward following that vote".

He added: "I don't think that's what parliamentarians want".

After a two week Christmas recess, United Kingdom parliamentarians resumed hostilities on Brexit, with 20 Conservative MPs joining forces with the opposition Labour party and supporting an amendment to the May government's Finance Bill demanding that a "no deal" Brexit be ruled out.

Opposition lawmaker Yvette Cooper said it showed the strength of concern about the dangers a no-deal Brexit could pose to manufacturers, jobs, food prices, policing and security.

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Britain's de-facto deputy Prime Minister, David Lidington, said the only way to avoid a disruptive no-deal "is for Parliament to endorse and ratify a deal".

On Tuesday, legislators in the House of Commons handed the government a symbolic defeat by backing an amendment to the Finance Bill that puts roadblocks in the way of government spending on "no-deal" preparations.

Barclay told MPs that voting for May's deal would instruct the government to obtain further assurances from the European Union that the Irish backstop "would only be a temporary arrangement".

Conservative former cabinet minister Ken Clarke earlier said he found it "unbelievable" that some MPs were trying to stop the Commons expressing its opinion on the matter.

And Downing Street said it was "very surprised" by the Speaker's decision, as it had been advised the motion setting out the timeline for events was unamendable.

European leaders are struggling to find a way to help Theresa May convince MPs to back the Brexit deal, with one minister warning the block could do "nothing more".

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Wilson, who is among 10 DUP lawmakers propping up May's minority government, cast as "window dressing" her proposals to give the Northern Irish assembly the power to vote against new European Union rules if the border backstop comes into force after Brexit.

Pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Dominic Grieve, who proposed the measure, said it was meant to speed up decisions, to help avoid a no-deal Brexit and "the calamitous consequences that would follow on from it".

In the Commons, Tory anger was directed at the Speaker, who many MPs have long suspected is unduly sympathetic to the Remain cause.

Responding to May's comments, the leader of the main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn called on May to "do the right thing" and call a public vote if she fails to get her divorce deal through parliament.

Crucially, it will allow MPs to table amendments to whatever motion May brings back, allowing the will of the Commons to be tested on Brexit "plan Bs" such as a second referendum or a Norway model much sooner.

He said: "That sticker on the subject of Brexit happens to be affixed to or in the windscreen of my wife's auto, and I'm sure he wouldn't suggest for one moment that a wife is somehow the property or chattel of her husband".

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