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MPs have inflicted two more defeats on Theresa May, rejecting the idea of Britain leaving the EU without a deal and clearing the way for Brexit to be delayed.

After the prime minister’s deal was heavily voted down for a second time on Tuesday, she announced a government motion ruling out a no-deal Brexit on 29 March – overturning her longstanding policy of refusing to rule it out.

May promised MPs a free vote, but the motion was carefully worded, with the final sentence stating that, “leaving without a deal remains the default in UK and EU law unless this house and the EU ratify an agreement”.

However, MPs voted by 312 to 308 to support a backbench amendment which struck out that last phrase so as to rule out a no-deal exit altogether.

In chaotic scenes, the government then rescinded its promise of a free vote; and whipped its MPs to vote against the amended motion.

Several cabinet ministers who have warned about the risks of a no-deal Brexit, including Philip Hammond and Amber Rudd, appeared to abstain, but the government still lost the vote, by 321 votes to 278 – a majority of 43.

The prime minister responded with a defiant statement, insisting a no-deal Brexit could only be avoided by agreeing a deal, or cancelling Brexit.

She said she would bring forward a motion on Thursday on delaying Brexit which would “set out the fundamental choice facing this house”.

If MPs agreed a deal, she said the government would request a “short, technical extension” to article 50. Without an agreed deal, she said there would be a “much longer extension” that would require the UK to take part in European parliament elections, adding: “I do not think that would be the right outcome.”

The Labour MP Yvette Cooper moved the amendment, after its other signatories, the Conservative MP Caroline Spelman and Labour’s Jack Dromey, decided not to push it to a vote.

The vote does not definitively preclude a no-deal Brexit – MPs must still agree a deal, or extend or revoke article 50 in order to do that – but it underlined both the strength of feeling at Westminster and the government’s loss of control over the process.

May made clear on Tuesday that MPs would have to decide how they wanted to use any extension; and several cabinet ministers, including Philip Hammond, have dropped heavy hints they would like to see the extra time used to identify a cross-party consensus.

At the end of his spring statement earlier on Wednesday, Hammond said: “Tonight we have a choice: we can remove the threat of an imminent no-deal exit hanging over our economy.

“Tomorrow, we will have the opportunity to start to map out a way forward towards building a consensus across this house for a deal we can collectively support to exit the EU in an orderly way.”

His comments followed May’s own remarks on Tuesday, after her Brexit deal went down to a second heavy defeat, by a majority of 149.

She said that if the UK requested an extension to article 50, “the EU will want to know what use we mean to make of such an extension. This house will have to answer that question.”

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Gimme More
13 minutes ago, tomsches said:

Does that mean we won't have any trees?

TBC :selena:

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Glamourpuss

I don't like her but I admire Theresa May for not throwing in the towel and quitting. I can't imagine how difficult this job must be because she's constantly ridiculed. I wouldn't have the strength tbh. I would have had a public meltdown if I was her. :toofunny:

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Just now, Glamourpuss said:

I don't like her but I admire Theresa May for not throwing in the towel and quitting. I can't imagine how difficult this job must be because she's constantly ridiculed. I wouldn't have the strength tbh. 

i used to not like her, but i feel so sorry for her she gets so much hate! :saladga: it's unfortunate she took on the role after another prime minister started this whole brexit mess.

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BenG

The fact that the amendment won by a majority of 2 :rip: 

It would've been much less messier if just 2 MPs voted against instead of abstaining

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HighwayGuy

Theresa May is an extremely right wing prime minister (nearly as bad as TRUMP) who has implemented awful policies on the poor which has led to many deaths, she deserves no sympathy :nails:

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Lady Rah Rah

We need LG6 more than ever now...I am afraid for the future of my country and what my children and grandchildren are going to have to endure. I hope we find peace soon. 

Stanning since '09

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Phaye Monster

So what exactly is their plan?

oh wait, they don’t have one

I'm an ARTPOP bitch, baby

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Zander
1 hour ago, Glamourpuss said:

I don't like her but I admire Theresa May for not throwing in the towel and quitting. I can't imagine how difficult this job must be because she's constantly ridiculed. I wouldn't have the strength tbh. I would have had a public meltdown if I was her. :toofunny:

People forget she campaigned for Remain before being handed this mess by David Cameron.  

Honestly no end in sight. Especially as MPs are being notoriously difficult  It’s literally been in UK media single everyday for what feels like 5 years... I can’t stand it :saladga::huntyga:

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1 minute ago, Zander said:

People forget she campaigned for Remain before being handed this mess by David Cameron.  

Honestly no end in sight. It’s literally been in UK media single everyday for what feels like 5 years... I can’t stand it :saladga::huntyga:

I'm sick to death of it as well tbh. 

But I have to say I'm so glad that David Cameron resigned when he did because I don't think he would have made it any less messy. 

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1 hour ago, HighwayGuy said:

Theresa May is an extremely right wing prime minister (nearly as bad as TRUMP) who has implemented awful policies on the poor which has led to many deaths, she deserves no sympathy :nails:

Girl :laughga:

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