Theresa May confirms she will vote to block no-deal Brexit

Drew Hendry

MPs voted down the prime minister's deal by 149 - a smaller margin than when they rejected it by an historic 230 votes in January.

In response, May said only that there would be "hard choices" for MPs, both on the vote over no deal, and if that is ruled out, a vote on Thursday over whether to extend article 50.

In a later exchange, with the Conservative pro-Brexit MP Peter Bone, May expressed her scepticism about the so-called Malthouse compromise, outlined in an amendment to Wednesday's motion, which calls for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union without a withdrawal agreement, but with a form of transition period to lessen the impact of no deal.

But what I hope is a cause for optimism is that the Prime Minister seemed to discuss what many of us have been waiting for, for a long time, the opportunity for Parliament to give direction either in terms of a different kind of deal or, indeed, she even mentioned a second referendum.

'We can not continue to behave like this as a government, ' he said.

MPs who voted for: Sir Peter Bottomley (Worthing West), Ms Caulfield, Nus Ghani (Wealden), Nick Gibb (Bognor and Littlehampton), Nick Herbert (Arundel and South Downs), Gillian Keegan (Chichester), Stephen Lloyd (Eastbourne), Mr Loughton, Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle), Jeremy Quin (Horsham), Amber Rudd (Hastings and Rye), Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex).

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The EU said no deal plans were "more important than ever" after the defeat.

Some 75 Conservative MPs rebelled to vote against the deal, while just three Labour MPs and four independents joined the 235 Tories who backed it. And Corbyn's plan includes a new customs union with the EU to solve the issue of the border in Ireland.

Theresa May suffered a crushing defeat in the House of Commons yesterday.

Some of her colleagues around the Cabinet table think it shows she has to tack to a closer deal with the EU.

"He used to believe that too, why is he just trying to frustrate it?"

Tonight they will vote on leaving with no deal.

No-deal Brexit would see United Kingdom drop tariffs on most imports
Mr Dodds, who is the DUP's Westminster leader, said it was likely his party would vote against the motion to rule out no deal . The Dow Jones likely fell because of uncertainty about the United Kingdom after May's new Brexit deal was defeated.


He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Eurosceptic MPs had to "start with realities" that less than a quarter of MPs would accept a "No Deal" Brexit and said he expected a move to reject "No Deal" would pass handsomely.

Members of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs have tabled an amendment that would see the United Kingdom leave without a formal agreement, with the backstop being replaced by alternative arrangements and a series of "standstill" economic arrangements until the end of 2021 to minimise disruption.

I wish the Prime Minister had not been made to be frightened of the people who sat behind her.

Mr Boles added the PM must go as soon as a deal is agreed.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier told the European Parliament it was the responsibility of London to suggest a way forward.

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