January 16, 2019

UK: May’s Brexit deal voted down in Parliament – What now?

Jack BuckbyRebel Contributor

Theresa May’s deal has gone down in flames. In what must have been a totally expected result, the withdrawal agreement was voted down by a massive 432 votes to 202 – the biggest defeat suffered by a government in Parliamentary history. Mrs. May certainly doesn’t do anything by halves.

Now, the future of Brexit is anybody’s guess. We leave the European Union on the 29th March, and without a deal, we simply leave without a deal – but, if Nicky Morgan MP and others have their way, the amended finance bill won’t allow us to leave without a deal. So where does that leave us?

Jeremy Corbyn has put forward his idea – he wants a new general election to decide the fate of Brexit. Immediately after the vote was lost last night, Corbyn tabled a vote of no confidence that is due to take place today. It doesn’t seem like he has much of a chance of winning, though – if a vote of no confidence in the government will do anything, it’s unite the Conservative Party. It’s quite astonishing that Corbyn can better unite the Tories than their own leader can. So, I expect when this vote takes place around 19:00 tonight, the government will win.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t questions to ask, though. After such a gigantic loss by the Prime Minister, why doesn’t she resign? The only reason she is likely to win the support of her party in the vote tonight is the fear of a Corbyn government – but that can’t be the basis of a functioning and effective government. She’ll win, she’ll stay in office, but she’ll struggle to pass any deal in parliament unless she starts negotiating with the other parties.

So, that’s what I expect she’s going to do. There’s no way she can unite her own party around a Brexit deal, so she’ll have to start reaching out to Labour again. Interestingly, this gigantic defeat might have even strengthened her hand with the European Union. While they’ve already told us that they’re not willing to renegotiate the deal, the fact that Parliament overwhelmingly rejected it might just be the kick up the arse they need in order to start rethinking the deal. We know Brussels doesn’t want No Deal.

Following the crushing defeat in the Commons, May has said that she will now reach out to “senior parliamentarians” across party lines in order to find a Brexit consensus that will be popular on both sides of the house. Commons leader Andrea Leadsom also said that the Prime Minister is seeking more “constructive” and “positive” ideas that will allow her to get her deal through parliament. It’s interesting to see the government continuing to push her deal, as opposed to suggesting they’ll draw up something completely new. I wonder just how much Theresa May can really achieve with a slightly tweaked deal.

May has until Monday to return to the Commons with her “Plan B” alternative deal. That isn’t much time at all – but if the European Union know what’s good for them, they’ll offer concessions. They should be willing to do it, too – after all, Theresa May wants Britain to remain as closely tied to the European Union as possible. Surely that’s a better result for the EU than No Deal.

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commented 2019-01-17 00:06:44 -0500
ROBERT MCCLELLAND commented 8 hours ago
Keith, I don’t think Her Majesty or Prince Philip…………..

Follow the link for the horror story Robert but keep an open mind.

commented 2019-01-16 16:40:31 -0500
Oops…make that “the Liberals hopped into bed with the Bloc Quebecois”. I got my Quebecois all mixed up there for a moment.
commented 2019-01-16 16:18:08 -0500
Keith, I don’t think Her Majesty or Prince Philip are big time EU supporters. I really can’t comment on the rest of the Royals. I do think Her Majesty takes her role very seriously and that she is well aware of the history and heritage she represents. I believe she is also well aware of the will of her subjects. Maybe I am being naïve, but I believe she will defend their island
I do know that, in Canada, when the Liberals hopped into bed with the Parti Quebecois in order to depose the Harper minority government, the Governor General prorogued the government. It put an end to the Liberals dirty little plot.
commented 2019-01-16 13:56:35 -0500
ROBERT MCCLELLAND commented 28 mins ago.
This is why we have Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Good Link Robert, only problem is, the whole royal family are Nazi’s and support the EU.
commented 2019-01-16 12:34:57 -0500
Theresa May is beginning to look more and more like Joe Stalin every day.

Ms May, your Show is slipping, or your Slip is showing, one of the two. Wake up and smell the roses, the NWO is dying on the vine, the EU is on the brink of crumbling into dust, yet you continue on with your Lost Cause. How much of that 39B Sterling that you have promised the EU, is going to end up in Your pocket????….Bitch.
commented 2019-01-16 11:39:13 -0500
The EU won’t bargain in good faith unless they know their back is against the wall.
commented 2019-01-16 11:33:42 -0500
It would be great if some of the European countries which are not interested in completely losing their sovereignty to the EU would reach out and offer trade arrangements with the U.K. which are independent of the EU. This of course may not be possible or legal, but some countries are pushing back on total EU control over their nations. I did notice that the dust hadn’t yet settled last night before an EU spokesman called for the U.K. to cancel Brexit altogether.