Theresa May loses Brexit vote

Labour's Corbyn says May's Brexit deal not even close to changes promised

Tonight's parliamentary vote sees Mr Boles join forces with MPs including Conservative MP Oliver Letwin, Labour MPs Yvette Cooper and Hilary Benn, plus Anna Soubry and Chuka Umunna of the Independent Group of MPs.

In most cases, the session starts with a routine "open question" from an MP about the Prime Minister's engagements.

Opening the session, Mrs May joked that International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt "very helpfully offered to teach me sign language" - with her Cabinet colleague having previously used it at the despatch box.

In January, May's Brexit plan was rejected by the MPs with a 230-vote margin.

In all, MPs voted to rule out the possibility of a no-deal Brexit by 321 to 278. She replied: "I will be voting for the motion standing in my name".

Dr Wollaston added on her second referendum proposal: 'For young people in this country, they face being wheeled into the operating theatre for major constitutional, social and economic surgery based on a consent form that was signed by their grandparents almost three years ago'.

Mr Corbyn later claimed the Labour alternative is the "credible show in town" which is ready to be negotiated.

Their amendment seeks to prevent the country leaving the European Union on March 29 if the government has not agreed a "deal" to leave.

"I believe we have a good deal".

"He used to believe that too, why is he just trying to frustrate it?"

He said: "Isn't it time she moved on from her red lines and faced the reality of the situation that she has got herself, her government and this country into".

Chancellor Philip Hammond has signalled his backing for a cross-party consensus over Brexit, despite the PM still appearing to support her own deal.

"While an extension of Article 50 is now inevitable, responsibility for that extension lies exclusively and squarely at the Prime Minister's door", he said.

But Tory former minister Nick Boles said this would amount to a no-deal exit and the European Union would not agree to it.

Leading Tory Remainers and Brexiteers, including Dominic Grieve and Boris Johnson, have suggested the prime minister's deal is now "finished" and other options must be brought forward.

Mrs May said the plan was unworkable, highlighting how any transition period would require a deal with the EU.

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said the current impasse "can only be solved in the UK" and MPs must decide what they want rather than what they don't.

Tory MP Shailesh Vara, who quit his post as Northern Ireland minister over Brexit, demanded Mrs May write a blank cheque for no-deal Brexit costs.

The EU said no deal plans were "more important than ever" after the defeat.

"That funding is being used to ensure we have preparations for a no deal".



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