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MPs vote to further bind Theresa May's hands on Brexit

10 January 2019, 04:19 | Edward Lowe

Theresa May urged MPs to support her deal and said there’s ‘no better alternative

Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street after a confidence vote by Conservative Party members of parliament in London Britain

But Mr Bercow stood by his decision to allow a vote on the amendment - which was ultimately approved by 308 votes to 297, majority 11 - amid personal criticism and calls for him to go from Tory MPs during more than 60 minutes of points of order.

The British government was bringing its little-loved Brexit deal back to Parliament on Wednesday, a month after postponing a vote on the agreement to stave off near-certain defeat.

"I actually genuinely think we can´t do it on March 29 this year".

The latest parliamentary fireworks come after the anti no-deal MPs defeated the government on Tuesday evening, in a significant show of parliamentary strength against what they feel would be a "cliff-edge" withdrawal from the EU.

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.

The de-facto deputy Prime Minister, David Lidington, said the only way to avoid a disruptive no-deal "is for Parliament to endorse and ratify a deal".

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Responding to the vote, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay told parliament it was the government's intention to act quickly if it lost Tuesday's vote.

"The government doesn't have a reliable majority to push its agenda through and suggests this vote next week is going to be even harder than we already knew it was going to be", he said.

While 70% of MPs from all parties were critical of the May government's handling of the Brexit negotiations, none of the obvious alternatives to her deal agreed with European Union leaders in November were palatable to them either.

Twenty Tory Ministers rebelled against the government in the vote.

May is still seeking assurances from the European Union on the most controversial elements of the Brexit deal relating to Northern Ireland, in a bid to convince critics to back the agreement.

"I don't think we can have a situation whereby the Northern Ireland executive or assembly has a veto power because that would essentially give one of the two communities veto power over the other", Mr Varadkar said, adding that he had not yet had a chance to read the proposal.

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The timescale was shortened thanks to a successful amendment to the Commons motion on Mrs May's Brexit deal pushed by Conservative Remainer Dominic Grieve.

Today in a keynote speech to Labour members in Yorkshire, Jeremy Corbyn will say the most practical and democratic way to "break the deadlock" at Westminster over Brexit is to hold another general election.

Pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Dominic Grieve, who proposed the measure, said it was meant to speed up decisions, to help avoid a no-deal Brexit and "the calamitous consequences that would follow on from it".

In the Commons, Tory anger was directed towards Mr Bercow who many MPs have long suspected is unduly sympathetic to the Remain cause.

"I've been in contact with European leaders. about MPs' concerns".

"We're all focused in the government on winning parliamentary support in the vote that's coming up next week", he told reporters as he arrived at the meeting in Brussels.

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