May suffers another Commons Brexit defeat UK News

May suffers another Commons Brexit defeat UK News

The main source of contention is the plan's safety net "backstop" measure - which would guarantee no hard border is reintroduced on the island of Ireland in the event that post-Brexit trade negotiations between the United Kingdom and the bloc prove unsuccessful.

Nevertheless the vote will be seen as another blow to the Prime Minister's authority as she struggles to win support for her Withdrawal Agreement.

May is also seeking assurances on the operation of the backstop from European leaders, which she hopes to deliver before the vote next week, although they say they will not reopen the deal.

He said only an election would give the winning party "a renewed mandate to negotiate a better deal" that could pass through parliament, adding an election and renegotiation would most probably mean an extension to Article 50, which began Britain's divorce proceedings in March 2017.

Earlier this week another amendment was passed, allowing Parliament to vote on alternative policies, such as a "managed no-deal" or another referendum, if the Prime Minister's deal is defeated next week.

An alliance of governing Conservative and opposition legislators has dealt May two defeats in as many days - symbolic setbacks that suggest a power shift from the executive to the legislature.

The uncertainty over Brexit looks set to deepen on Tuesday, when a divided parliament is expected to vote down the departure deal that Prime Minister Theresa May struck with Brussels.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, opening up the debate, laid out concessions being put forward by the government to address the issue of the backstop. Starmer suggested that the United Kingdom would not leave the European Union on March 29 - the official departure date.

The Speaker, who insisted he was "trying to do the right thing and make the right judgements", was heckled by Tory MPs as he told Mr Francois the answer to his question was simple.

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Treasury minister Robert Jenrick said it is the " simple truth" that the United Kingdom would leave the European Union on 29 March, noting that planning for a no-deal scenario was "prudent preparation to provide our taxpayers with the certainty they deserve", adding that the only outcome of the amendment would be to make the United Kingdom "somewhat less prepared". A source said he told Mr Bercow he was "totally out of order", adding: 'You are throwing centuries of precedence in the bin against the advice of your clerk in order to thwart the referendum result'.

While a majority of MPs may vote to take a "no deal" Brexit off the table, that would not legally oblige Mrs May's government to do so.

"Now, I think, is the time for Parliament to recognise this".

Amid chaotic scenes, Brexiteer former minister Crispin Blunt, warned many no longer regarded him as a neutral arbiter of Commons proceedings and urged him to "reflect" on his position.

Leeds Beckett's vice chancellor, Prof Peter Slee, said: "The broadcast from our Rose Bowl is just one example of the many ways our universities work to support local organisations".

"I understand the importance of precedence but it does not completely bind", he said, as Leadsom shook her head.

Mr Bercow said he had consulted privately with the clerk and other officials, but did not confirm his decision was taken with agreement from Sir David.

"It is my strong view that we need to come together".

Mr Williamson later directly contradicted his cabinet colleague, although he stressed MPs should accept Mrs May's deal.

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