Theresa May to face no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat

Theresa May to face no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat

Theresa May to face no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat

Now it's back to Brexit, where May is caught between the rock of her own negotiating red lines and the hard place of a Parliament that wants to force a radical change of course. The midday exchange was as bloodless as usual. The environment secretary was fully gladiatorial as he criticised the Labour leader's record and handling of... May's plan was rejected by 432 votes to 202, with some 100 conservative MPs joining the opposition in voting it down, in the biggest defeat for a sitting PM in United Kingdom history. May said she was disappointed Corbyn had not met her yet but added "our door remains open".

"Now that Theresa May's botched deal has been decisively rejected, the starting point for talks to break the Brexit deadlock must be that No Deal is taken off the table", Corbyn tweeted as the first series of talks kicked off at 10 Downing Street.

His party has not ruled out tabling further no-confidence motions.

Britain is legally on track to leave the European Union with or without a deal on March 29, unless it delays or stops the process.

Still, most analysts predict May will survive because her Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party, which supports it, are expected to vote against the motion.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on MPs to "put self-interest aside" and "work constructively together" towards Brexit after surviving a no confidence vote and averting a general election.

A further 24 MPs had publicly made statements in support of another referendum bringing the total close to 100 - or around two-fifths of the parliamentary party.

The world's fifth-biggest economy could lose preferential access to its largest export market overnight, affecting every sector, leading to rising costs and disruption at British ports.

Brexit supporters anticipate some short-term economic pain but say Britain will then thrive if cut loose from what they cast as a doomed experiment in German-dominated unity.

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the bloc was stepping up preparations for a disorderly "no-deal" Brexit after Parliament's actions left Europe "fearing more than ever that there is a risk" of a cliff-edge departure. Business groups have expressed alarm at the prospect of a no-deal exit.

Investors appeared to shrug off both the rejection of May's deal and welcomed the survival of her government.

The vote of no confidence in the government scheduled for Wednesday.

Westminster leader of the SNP, Ian Blackford, said that the extension of Article 50 - the mechanism that allows the United Kingdom to leave the European Union - the ruling out of a no-deal Brexit, and the option of a second European Union referendum would have to form the basis of future discussions.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said it was now up to opponents of the backstop "to come up with an alternative solution to honour their commitment to avoiding a hard border".

It also seems increasingly possible she will have to ask Brussels for an extension of the Article 50 deadline beyond March - perhaps for another nine months - to give more time for a negotiated deal.

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