UK Prime Minister Theresa May suffered humiliating defeat over her Brexit deal. It’s voted down by 432 to 202, the biggest loss in modern UK history. It’s uncertain what the path will be exactly like after this point. But what’s sure is that opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has swiftly called for a no-confidence vote in the government. And that would be held at 1900GMT on Wednesday, today.
In a well-prepared statement, May said in the parliament after the defeat that “It is clear that the House does not support this deal. But tonight’s vote tells us nothing about what it does support. Nothing about how – or even if – it intends to honor the decision the British people took in a referendum Parliament decided to hold.”
She added that the first thing to do is to “confirm whether this government still enjoys the confidence of the House.” Secondly, she will meet with Conservatives, DUP and other senior parliamentarians from across the house to find “ideas that are genuinely negotiable and have sufficient support in this House.” Thirdly, she will go back to EU with those ideas.
British lawmakers crush Theresa May's Brexit deal by a record margin
British lawmakers have crushed Theresa May's Brexit deal, handing her the worst parliamentary defeat for a British government in the modern era. Immediately afterwards, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn put forward a motion of no confidence in May's government. He said the challenge would allow the House of Commons to "give its verdict on the sheer incompetence of this Government." https://cnn.it/2FD445Y
Gepostet von CNN am Dienstag, 15. Januar 2019
May’s statement below:
“Mr Speaker, the House has spoken and the Government will listen.
It is clear that the House does not support this deal. But tonight’s vote tells us nothing about what it does support. Nothing about how – or even if – it intends to honor the decision the British people took in a referendum Parliament decided to hold.
People, particularly EU citizens who have made their home here and UK citizens living in the EU, deserve clarity on these questions as soon as possible. Those whose jobs rely on our trade with the EU need that clarity. So with your permission Mr Speaker I would like to set out briefly how the Government intends to proceed.
First, we need to confirm whether this government still enjoys the confidence of the House. I believe that it does, but given the scale and importance of tonight’s vote it is right that others have the chance to test that question if they wish to do so.
I can therefore confirm that if the Official Opposition table a confidence motion this evening in the form required by the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, the Government will make time to debate that motion tomorrow. (Wednesday)
And if, as happened before Christmas, the Official Opposition decline to do so, we will – on this occasion – consider making time tomorrow to debate any motion in the form required from the other opposition parties, should they put one forward.
Second, if the House confirms its confidence in this government I will then hold meetings with my colleagues, our Confidence & Supply partner the DUP and senior parliamentarians from across the House to identify what would be required to secure the backing of the House.
The government will approach these meetings in a constructive spirit, but given the urgent need to make progress, we must focus on ideas that are genuinely negotiable and have sufficient support in this House.
Third, if these meetings yield such ideas, the Government will then explore them with the European Union.
Mr Speaker I want to end by offering two reassurances.
The first is to those who fear that the government’s strategy is to run down the clock to 29th March (Britain’s exit date from the EU).
That is not our strategy. I have always believed that the best way forward is to leave in an orderly way with a good deal and have devoted much of the last two years negotiating such a deal.
As you confirmed Mr Speaker, the amendment to the business motion tabled last week by my Right Honorable and Learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Dominic Grieve) is not legally binding, but the government respects the will of the House.
We will therefore make a statement about the way forward and table an amendable motion by Monday.
The second reassurance is to the British people, who voted to leave the European Union in the referendum two and a half years ago.
I became Prime Minister immediately after that referendum. I believe it is my duty to deliver on their instruction and I intend to do so.
Mr Speaker, every day that passes without this issue being resolved means more uncertainty, more bitterness and more rancor.
The government has heard what the House has said tonight, but I ask Members on all sides of the House to listen to the British people, who want this issue settled, and to work with the government to do just that.”