Five things we learned from the Brexit debate

Five things we learned from the Brexit debate

The prime minister dramatically pulled a pre-Christmas vote on her Brexit deal amid the expectation of a heavy defeat.

The concept of the backstop - an agreement governing the customs status of the Ireland/Northern Ireland border in the event that Britain and the European Union can not agree a long-term relationship by the end of 2021 - has been the main sticking point preventing Mrs May's Withdrawal Agreement from being passed by Parliament.

Now, a group of MPs from all parties has won backing for a pair of motions that severely limit Ms.

On Wednesday, as MPs resumed their debate on the prime minister's agreement, Labour shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told the House of Commons an extension to the Article 50 period "may well be inevitable now".

Mrs May, who will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for talks at Downing Street on Thursday, is also continuing efforts to win over sceptical Conservative MPs ahead of Tuesday's vote.

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

That deal includes a 585-page withdrawal agreement that outlines the terms of Britain's departure, and a 26-page declaration that sets out a framework for future negotiations on a broad agreement covering trade and a host of other issues. He also stated that MPs would have to approve any decision to implement the backstop.

Conversely, most Conservative MPs were confident that alternatives could be found to the "Irish backstop" question and that the United Kingdom economy could cope with a "hard Brexit". January 21. MPs from all sides will also have the power to amend any second plan Ms.

The amendment to legislation implementing last year's budget states that powers to amend tax laws to make them work after Brexit could only be used if a deal was agreed, Brexit was cancelled, or, if the government had parliamentary approval to proceed with a no-deal exit.

The moves add more uncertainty to the Brexit process, which has already been thrown into question.

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Lidington said the vote showed that many lawmakers do not want a no deal but he cautioned that it was not enough to show simply what lawmakers did not want.

Ms. May has insisted that if her deal is rejected, the country would be entering "uncharted waters", and she has urged her opponents to come up with an alternative.

"I've been in contact with European leaders. about MPs' concerns". Others have proposed a referendum asking voters if they prefer Ms. But the bloc refuses to reopen the agreement, and opposition to the negotiated deal remains strong among British lawmakers.

An alliance of governing Conservative and opposition legislators has dealt May two defeats in as many days - symbolic setbacks that suggest a power shift from the executive to the legislature.

Today in a keynote speech to Labour members in Yorkshire, Jeremy Corbyn will say the most practical and democratic way to "break the deadlock" at Westminster over Brexit is to hold another general election. That could yet play into Ms.

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.

UK Brexit minister Martin Callanan ruled out that prospect and said May would update MPs on Wednesday about the assurances over the backstop she is seeking from the EU.

But she has little room to manoeuvre. The DUP has come out against Ms.

But it is a politically important victory for those opposed to no-deal, demonstrating that they have the ability to defeat the government.

But Commons Speaker John Bercow sparked fury from Tory MPs by allowing the plan to be put to a vote, which the government subsequently lost by 308 votes to 297, majority 11.

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