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Theresa May’s Brexit plans go down to historic defeat in Commons

Theresa May’s Brexit plans go down to historic defeat in Commons

Political paralysis in Westminster is more likely to lead to "no Brexit" and the United Kingdom staying in the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Monday (14 January) as she launched a last-ditch attempt to save her Brexit deal.

Some observers have suggested that there is now a stronger consensus amongst MPs wishing to avoid a "no-deal" Brexit, making that a less likely outcome.

Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Tuesday evening, after the last of five days of debate on the deal struck between May's government and the European Union in November.

Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg, who leads an influential pro-Brexit group of Conservatives: "I will be supporting the prime minister".

In a message directed at Brussels, he said: "If parliament votes down this deal, then reopening negotiations should not, and can not, be ruled out". She has also spoken to Germany's Angela Merkel twice in recent weeks.

She said that another general election would do nothing to change the Parliamentary arithmetic.

If Corbyn wins the vote and a new government can not command the support of the majority of MPs within 14 calendar days, parliament is dissolved and a general election is triggered.

The Labour leader added: "In the last two years, she has only had one priority: the Conservative Party".

May said if she survived the no-confidence vote, she will hold talks with the other parties to see what solution might be acceptable and that she will then go back - again - to the European Union to consider new plans. He said: "After two years of failed negotiations, the House of Commons has delivered its verdict on her Brexit deal and that verdict is absolutely decisive".

May will now have to make a formal statement on her next steps, but her first priority will be to defeat a no-confidence motion to rule out a possible snap general election.

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But the deal was doomed by deep opposition from both sides of the divide over U.K.'s place in the bloc.

"Whilst some may wish to use this defeat to boost their political ambitions, we will give the government the space to set out a plan to secure a better deal". Her goal is to leave the European Union in line with what people voted for.

In what she described as the "biggest and most important decision that any MP of our generation will be asked to make", the Prime Minister said it was time for politicians to "deliver" for the people.

The letter, co-signed by European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, however noted there can be no change to the draft withdrawal agreement or future political arrangement that have been provisionally agreed.

However we shouldn't extrapolate from the fact that, if May loses tonight, she will automatically lose that vote of no confidence.

It is time to stop the Article 50 clock and put this issue back to electorate.

Another possibility is that parliament could force a second referendum, or - least likely of all - scrap Brexit altogether.

He outlined how the 29 March deadline might be postponed. "The risk of a disorderly exit has increased with this vote and, while we do not want this to happen, we will be prepared for it".

The DUP, the government's confidence-and-supply partner, has said they will back the Prime Minister, as as the ERG, the Brexit-supporting wing over the Conservative Party, headed by Jacob Rees-Mogg.