Theresa May suffers major Commons defeat as MPs begin Brexit debate

Theresa May suffers major Commons defeat as MPs begin Brexit debate

When the Prime Minister made a decision to delay the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal by a month because she was facing a historic defeat, with more than 100 Tories ready to vote it down, she pledged to gain legally binding assurances from the EU.

There were turbulent scenes in Parliament when some in May's Conservative Party accused the speaker of bias.

Downing Street had tried to see off the Grieve amendment by promising the PM would "seek to provide certainty quickly" if she loses the vote on her under-fire deal next week, as expected.

He also argued that Theresa May is struggling badly to get a deal agreed because "the Prime Minister and the government have pushed parliament away" to secure any form of consensus.

However, as the leader of a minority government and a divided party, the defeat highlights May's weak position, especially as she is due to hold a key vote next week on the Brexit deal she agreed with the European Union in November.

"We are talking about 79 days until potentially crashing out of Europe without a deal - should our focus not be on the detail and the arguments about the process in this place, but getting on with a plan B if Parliament decides the government's plan is not the one for the people?

She will lose Tuesday's vote and that will confirm Parliament is now running things".

The vote, which saw 20 legislators from May's Conservative Party rebel and vote with the opposition, indicates that a majority in Parliament opposes leaving the European Union without an agreement.

May's government suffered a defeat in parliament on Tuesday when lawmakers who oppose leaving without a deal won a vote on creating a new obstacle to a no-deal Brexit.

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"I think he stepped way over the mark out today he's broken with parliamentary precedent".

In a warning to pro-Remain MPs on Wednesday, cabinet minister David Lidington said if Mrs May's Brexit deal was rejected, the United Kingdom would leave without a deal. "These discussions have shown that further clarification over the backstop is possible and those talks will continue over the next few days", May said.

Mrs May's attempts to win over MPs were further thwarted on Wednesday after the DUP dismissed new assurances over the controversial backstop element of the withdrawal agreement as "meaningless".

But, these were immediately rejected by the Tories' DUP allies, who prop up Mrs May's government at Westminster.

May told lawmakers that Parliament had a choice: back her deal or risk Britain leaving the bloc without a deal, a scenario many businesses say would disrupt supply chains and hinder investment in the world's fifth largest economy.

The No 10 source said the Prime Minister had always meant to respond quickly if she loses the vote.

"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.

"I don't think that the British public are served by fantasies about magical alternative deals that are somehow going to sort of spring out of a cupboard in Brussels", Lidington told the BBC. But there is little indication that many MPs have been swayed and the deal is nearly certain to be defeated on Tuesday. Ms.

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