May’s Brexit deal is CRUSHED: PM suffers biggest government defeat EVER by 230 votes as Tory rebels join forces with Labour in Commons showdown – and now she faces no-confidence battle
- Theresa May suffered massive House of Commons defeat on her Brexit deal in the long-awaited vote tonight
- Defeat by 230 votes was comfortably the biggest for a government in history, outstripping Labour in 1924
- DUP and Tory Eurosceptics joined Labour, the SNP, the Liberal Democrats and other parties against package
- Mrs May made a statement immediately after the vote tonight saying she would ‘listen’ but will not quit
- Jeremy Corbyn has immediately called a vote of no confidence in the government in a bid to force an election
Mr Corbyn said the confidence vote would allow the Commons to “give its verdict on the sheer incompetence of this government”. A Democratic Unionist Party source has told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg they will back Mrs May in a confidence vote. In normal times, such a crushing defeat on a key piece of government legislation would be expected to be followed by a prime ministerial resignation. But Mrs May signalled her intention to carry on in a statement immediately after the vote.
“The House has spoken and this government will listen,” she told MPs.
She offered cross-party talks to determine a way forward on Brexit. President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said he regretted the outcome of the vote and that he urged the UK government to “clarify its intentions with respect to its next steps as soon as possible”
If MPs vote to back a no confidence motion, the government, or anyone else who can command a majority, would get 14 days to win a further confidence vote. If they can’t win that, a general election will be then held. Some 118 Conservative MPs voted with the opposition parties against Mrs May’s deal
In my opinion, it was a mistake to appoint a ‘Remainer’ to be the ambassador for Brexit, why did she call an election when she didn’t need to, giving away her majority, this has done little more than to give the UK nearly three years of uncertainty, with our pound slipping constantly and people not knowing where they stand.
Had she incorporated all EU law in to British law immediately, rather than announcing that policy months later, then making emergency provisions for a hard Brexit, the dust would have settled long ago. Instead, we have been subjected to months and months of scaremongering, uncertainty and division.
We are not out of the woods yet!