Theresa May loses second Brexit vote in two days

Theresa May is back at work in Downing Street after her Christmas break

Theresa May is back at work in Downing Street after her Christmas break

The latest parliamentary fireworks come after the anti no-deal MPs defeated the government on Tuesday evening, in a significant show of parliamentary strength against what they feel would be a "cliff-edge" withdrawal from the EU.

She would then have a further seven days to put a motion to the House of Commons, which MPs could amend to try to direct the government´s strategy.

May postponed a planned vote on the deal in December after conceding it was set to be defeated, and is now seeking assurances which she hopes will persuade lawmakers to back the agreement when they vote on it on January 15.

While the i claims that Mrs May is "losing control of Brexit".

He warned that the consequences of a no-deal Brexit would be far-reaching.

The Independent says that MPs are planning a push for a second referendum.

Pro-EU Conservative politician Dominic Grieve, who proposed the measure, said it was meant to speed up decisions, to help avoid a no-deal Brexit and "the calamitous consequences that would follow on from it".

The government previously had 21 days to report back to Parliament.

The contentious amendment was passed by 308 votes in favour to 297 against, a day after MPs delivered another blow to Prime Minister Theresa May by voting to scupper a no-deal Brexit.

May's de-facto deputy cautioned lawmakers that it was a delusion to think the government would be able to negotiate a new divorce deal with the European Union if parliament voted down her deal.

An EU diplomat told AFP on Tuesday that "we are convinced that Theresa May will request a postponement after the agreement is rejected in the British parliament".

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Environment Secretary Michael Gove told Cabinet that those considering rejecting Mrs May's agreement in the hope of securing a better deal were like swingers in their mid-50s waiting for film star Scarlett Johansson to turn up on a date.

But the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said it would not support the deal unless May dropped a part known as the backstop which is aimed at preventing a hard border between the British province and EU-member Ireland if both sides fail to clinch a future trade deal.

Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson told ITV's Peston it was "a question of when not if" the party tabled a vote of no confidence in the government, although he suggested the opposition would wait to hear what Mrs May said in response to any defeat before deciding what to do.

The 303 to 296 defeat means the government needs explicit parliamentary approval to leave the European Union without a deal before it can use certain powers relating to taxation law.

In the Commons, Tory anger was directed at the Speaker, who many MPs have long suspected is unduly sympathetic to the Remain cause.

She asked him to publish Sir David's advice, prompting cheers from Tory MPs following last month's row over the government's Brexit legal advice. "I am clear in my mind that I have taken the right course".

Angry Tory Brexiteers questioned the Speaker's impartiality over Brexit in heated exchanges.

Its objective was to prove there was a parliamentary majority to oppose no deal, and the cross-party group of rebels who organised Tuesday's defeat said they could seek to amend any and every piece of legislation the government brings to parliament between now and March.

The defeat marked the first time a Government has lost a vote on the Finance Bill since 1978. At this point, there is still plenty of uncertainty surrounding the vote but one thing is certain is that May won't get enough support to win over parliament when the time comes.

Manfred Weber, a German conservative who heads the biggest group in the European Parliament, said in Berlin that "our colleagues in Britain's lower house carry great responsibility now - the agreement is on the table".

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