December 14, 2018

Brexit: Your MPs’ views on Theresa May’s deal with European Union revealed

07 December 2018, 12:45 | Austin Hogan

May is likely to lose a vote on her Brexit deal on 11 December

May is likely to lose a vote on her Brexit deal on 11 December

"In a sign of the ever-growing divisions over Brexit, the BBC announced that it has abandoned plans for a proposed televised debate between May and Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday after both sides failed to agree on a format".

"That's not right", she said.

Mrs May told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "There will be a choice between, if we get to that point, a choice between going into the backstop and extending the transition period".

But, on a day when Theresa May suffered three Brexit defeats in the Commons - in which ministers agreed to publish the government's full legal advice on the deal - Mr Benyon justified his decision to rebel against his party in search of a "pragmatic" Brexit.

"We gave them the choice, they voted to leave the European Union and it is up to us to deliver".

"All week we have heard from Government ministers that releasing this information. could harm the national interest".

Britain's Finance Minister Philip Hammond concurred, saying it is a delusion to think that the government will be able to negotiate a new divorce deal if May's agreement is defeated in a vote in Parliament next week.

Ministers are expected to set out today how this will be done.

We have delivered a deal that honours the vote of the British people.

If May fails in her efforts next week she could face a vote of no confidence in her leadership - a move that could both topple the prime minister and trigger a general election.

Former Northern Ireland minister Hugo Swire tabled the amendment along with Bob Neill and Richard Graham.

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“Would you please consider voting for this deal so we can all get on with our lives.”
The Brief – Brexit purgatory waiting room blues “Would you please consider voting for this deal so we can all get on with our lives.”

She also ruled out a second referendum, arguing that those who were calling for one were doing so in the hopes that Brexit could be stopped.

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the finding of contempt was "a badge of shame" for the government, with "huge constitutional and political significance".

The vote, passed by 311 votes to 293, is the first time in history Parliament has held a Government in contempt.

"The prime minister can't keep pushing Parliament away or avoiding responsible scrutiny".

"The vote will take place on Tuesday as planned", May's spokesperson said.

The move is likely to be seen as a bid to bolster flagging support for Nrs May ahead of a crunch Commons vote on her European Union withdrawal deal next Tuesday - a showdown the PM made clear on Thursday morning she would not postpone.

Asked to unpick May's impossible dilemma, whereby the public have backed Brexit but MPs remain divided, Blair concluded: "Honestly, this is the moment to realise that you have to work out whether it is possible to reach a compromise among the MPs and if it isn't you exclude the impossible, go back to the improbable".

It was tabled by Northern Ireland minister Hugo Swire, Richard Graham and Bob Neill, hours after the Prime Minister indicated Parliament would choose between the two options after the United Kingdom formally quits the EU.

"And with my whole heart I commend this motion to the House".

Mr Hatton added: "By watering down the rights of EU citizens in case of no-deal Brexit, Theresa May is again using EU citizens as bargaining chips, this time with MPs in order to pass her deal through parliament, after using us as bargaining chip with the EU in the Brexit negotiations".

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