By Dilip Kuner • 13 March 2019 • 21:59
DEFEATED: May lost the parliamentary vote
UNITED KINGDOM MPs have inflicted another defeat on PM Theresa May and rejected a no deal Brexit.
Mrs May said there was a clear majority opposed to a no deal exit from the EU, but stated that it was the “legal default” for the UK to leave on March 29 if a deal is not approved.
The next step in the Parliamentary process will now take place tomorrow (Thursday), when MPs will vote on whether Brexit should be delayed.
If the vote is passed the UK will not leave on March 29 as planned – but only if the EU agrees.
Mrs May said that if a deal is agreed within the coming days then any delay would be short, but if no agreement can be reached the delay could drag on.
The government had tabled a motion to reject a no deal Brexit on March 29, reversing Mrs May’s long-standing promise.
But before it could even be voted on an amendment rejecting no deal under any circumstances was passed by just four votes.
This led to the government ordering its MPs to vote against its own motion.
But the amended government motion was passed by 321 to 278. So Mrs May won her vote and lost – all at the same time.
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