Labour's Brexit plan is rejected - now it must support a People's Vote

Labour's Brexit plan is rejected - now it must support a People's Vote

MPs will vote on a number of Brexit amendments tonight.

The 83-vote defeat will place vast pressure on the Labour leader to throw his party's full weight behind demands for a second referendum on European Union withdrawal.

However he said if Labour was unsuccessful he would back a second referendum but that it must include both Remain and "a credible Leave option" on the ballot.

"With Labour now signalling it may support a confirmatory referendum in the weeks ahead, there is no reason to hold back on vital measures to pave the way".

She added that any extension "would nearly certainly have to be a one-off, especially if we had not taken part of the European elections" and warned that "an extension can not take "no deal" off the table".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said his party will now support a public vote after his Brexit vision was rejected by MPs.

They said: "The Government has just confirmed acceptance of all the proposals in our amendments".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that if her Brexit deal is defeated in parliament next month, she will give MPs two further votes to decide what to do next.

If the Government refuses to do so, Remain MPs could still try to force through a change in the law that would force ministers to delay Brexit to avoid no deal.

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She said: "the problem for that, of course, is that any guarantees any leverage that Labour might have got about protecting worker's rights and employment standards after we leave the European Union will fall by the wayside at that point, we're wasting opportunities to get the best possible deal for the people that we represent".

To uproar in the Commons, Mrs May told MPs: "They are commitments I am making as Prime Minister and I will stick by them, as I have previous commitments to make statements and table amendable motions by specific dates".

After a deal she negotiated with European leaders was rejected on January 15 in the biggest parliamentary defeat in modern British history, May is hoping to bring back a tweaked divorce accord for a vote, which could come as early as next week but may not take place until March 12.

May's climbdown took much of the heat out of a series of votes on Wednesday that could have ripped control of the entire process away from the government. Pressure is now mounting for the Prime Minister to get her deal backed by the Commons. If this is rejected, there will be a vote to approve delaying Brexit on March 14. I would be concerned if people who voted Leave felt abandoned by the Labour Party.

Hours after May tabled her latest offer, government documents were released warning that the economy would be 6%- 9% smaller over the next 15 years in the event of no deal, the flow of goods through the critical port of Dover would be "very significantly reduced for months" and food prices could increase with shortages cause by panic buying.

MPs voted 502-20 in support of an amendment proposed by opposition Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper that spelled out May's proposed timetable.

Keir Starmer, Labour's Brexit spokesman, said he was "well aware of different views across my own party".

MPs later rejected a Scottish National Party amendment to rule out a no-deal Brexit in any circumstances and at any time by a margin of 288-324. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said his removal "prolongs the anxiety and uncertainty that over five million people have faced for two-and-a-half years".

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